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Tropes relating to characters in the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.

The game characters that appear on this page are only for the tropes that are associated to them in the anime. To avoid redundancy, the traits that appear in both works stay in the above character subpages.

Note that all of the episode numbers given are the original Japanese ones unless otherwise stated.

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Game characters in the anime


Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto, Amy Birnbaum (Certain lines in the English dub's earliest episodes)


A legendary Star Warrior who crash-lands in Dream Land in the first episode. Eventually, he becomes a well-renowned local hero that is the primary hope for the citizens of Dream Land to keep Dedede's monsters at bay.

Tropes associated with Kirby:

  • Acrophobic Bird: Kirby almost never flies in the anime, if at all, subverting his potential advantage of Video Game Flight. He still can do so, though it takes a little effort. He also never uses it in combat because of the Warp Star's presence.
  • Adaptational Badass: Despite the fact that he has a case of Adaptational Wimp, he actually has a twofold example of this:
    • The first being his inhale ability which, instead of the short-ranged vacuum it is in the games, is depicted as much, much larger and more long-ranged.
    • His Copy Ability is much more multipurpose than it is in the games, with Kirby being able to copy abilities from mundane objects and debris — while this can happen in the games, it's less common than simply inhaling a whole enemy.
      • Some of his copy abilities are much stronger here than in the games. One such copy ability is Cook Kirby, which goes from a single-use Screen Nuke in the games to an ability with more combat versatility here.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Kirby in the games was impulsive and sometimes prone to being manipulated (in a famous case by Marx), but was otherwise competent and self-reliant in a fight. Kirby in the anime in comparison, is much more naive, considerably less intelligent, and frequently needs his friends to tell him to inhale enemies or objects (though there are some exceptions). It's justified, since this Kirby is only a baby.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed, as only Abilityless Kirby is this. While Kirby is usually more powerful with a copy ability (except for a joke ability like Sleep), it is still possible to clear some stages and bosses in the games without using a copy ability. The original Kirby's Dream Land didn't even have copy abilities, and he was still able to beat the snot out of Dedede and co. In the anime, Kirby is pretty much a punching bag until he gets a copy ability, at which point he begins to take the fight seriously. Also, in the games, Kirby is fully capable of defeating whatever bad guys pop up with little prompting. In the anime, Tiff has to tell him to inhale an enemy before he can actually fight. This could be all justified, as he's only a baby and therefore can not hold on to a fight without encouragement or strength.
    • Similarly, "Frog Wild" shows him possessed by the Demon Frog for most of the episode. The games - epsecially the lore-heavy Kirby Star Allies - implies that Kirby cannot be possessed or controlled by any dark force like Dark Matter. Star Allies suggests that Kirby is related to Void Termina, which supports this.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His feet are a darker shade of red compared to the games.
  • Adorable Abomination: Implied to be a failed creation of Nightmare that turned good.
  • Age Lift: This version of Kirby is quite literally a baby. Whereas in the games he's only implied to be a child.
  • All-Loving Hero: He has been shown trying to befriend anyone that's not immediately threatening him or his friends, and is even very quick to forgive friends for any wrongdoings they've done to him. There have also been certain monsters that Kirby has befriended like Chilly and Galbo. He is even shown to be one of the few people that genuinely likes King Dedede, of all people.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Kirby's never really done anything downright dickish, but there are a few scenes that show the villagers that he's not all jolly laughs and giggles as most expect him to be. Like pretending to want to eat Tokkori for example. Well, he might have been pretending...
    • Kirby takes part in scaring the living daylights out of Dedede in a couple of episodes although it could just be him following Tuff's example.
  • Ambiguously Related: It is suggested that Kirby is a rebellious former creation of Nightmare, or a failed prototype completely lacking evil intent. However, nothing officially confirms this.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: Compare the Japanese opening to the 4Kids dub version: both of the original openings are happy, upbeat march tunes that show Kirby being happy with his friends, with some horror thrown in for good measure. The 4Kids version immediately starts with Kirby showing off his angry Kirby eyebrows and a lot of his special powers. Granted, the Japanese version is far more of an accurate depiction, as Kirby only gets dangerous to kill the Monster of the Week.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: If there's food about (watermelons especially), you can bet Kirby will follow it. Sometimes this gets him into danger or trouble.
  • Badass Adorable: Yes, as is the case with his game counterpart.
  • Berserk Button: If Dedede's Monsterpiece is anything to go by, he evidently doesn't like to be called "lumpy"; even shooting Dedede an uncharacteristically-angry glare for doing so while everyone else is falling about laughing at the hilariously terrible painting he made.
    King Dedede: (Talking the citizens of Cappy Town through his wonky painting) And this here's Kuhbeh. He's bein' chased by me! See, I drawed him all lumpy to express his inner lumpiness!
    Kirby: (Hopping up and down angrily) POYO! POYOOOOO!
    • Even better, the original Japanese version of Dedede's painting shows Kirby shitting himself. Apparently, even a literal baby like Kirby is appalled by the idea of doing that.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: For a Cheerful Child, he's a pretty tough fighter. It's also very rare to see him even the slightest bit angry, but if you somehow get him to that point, heaven help you.
  • Big Eater: If there's one thing the Cappies learn, it's to never invite Kirby to a dinner party. The first time they do so, Kirby inhales literally everything — right down to the tablecloth, plates and utensils — off the table.
  • Black-Hole Belly: Which contains a pocket dimension, as seen when he swallows a Dedede voodoo doll that corresponds to his movements. Which puts Dedede in that dimension.
  • Blush Sticker: He has them all the time just like his main counterpart.
  • Breath Weapon: Kirby's inhale is notably more powerful in the anime than in the games. He can even use it to swallow objects or monsters that are tens times larger than he is or blow away a film studio.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Does this for his abilities in the original Japanese version.
  • Catchphrase: "Poyo!"
  • Cheerful Child: Even when things are at their worst, Kirby's always happy.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may look like a cute little idiot, but he can take down monsters the size of Godzilla.
  • Demonic Possession: In "Frog Wild", Kirby is possessed by the infamous Demon Frog and does very cruel things that even King Dedede isn't able to do, even gaining a scary Nightmare Face to go with it.
  • The Determinator: Make no mistake, Kirby doesn't give up easily.
  • Deus ex Machina: Often times, Kirby never actually does anything until the climax of the episode, and once he inhales and copies something, you're flat out done for. On occasion, he even One Hit KOs some monsters. This extends even to the finale, where the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire series is killed in one hit.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: The anime heavily implies that the heroic, lovable Kirby was actually one of many monsters created by the evil Nightmare, but rebelled against his master and left to protect the universe from him. This backstory is not quite canon to the games, but the game version of Kirby is implied to have a similar background.
  • Dreadful Musician: Like in the games, his singing in his Mike ability is highly destructive: a full minute of his caterwauling is enough to reduce Castle Dedede to rubble.
  • Easily Impressed: There are few things in the world of Popstar that aren't able to capture his imagination. Justified because he's just a baby and doesn't know better. Unfortunately, King Dedede often exploits this to lure him into traps.
  • Everyone Chasing You: Poor Kirby is on the receiving end of this numerous times often because he's been accused of doing something he didn't actually do or a minor misdemeanor, like eating a few watermelons, gets taken out of proportion.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Kirby usually views anything that's not an obvious threat with innocent joy. But in Tooned Out, when he sees how Tiff is 'portrayed' as an anime character by Biggy, Boney and Sleepy, he recoils in the same shock and disgust Tiff expressed upon seeing it, as if even he recognizes the implications behind it.
    • Kirby is an Extreme Omnivore who will happily gulp down inedible objects like rocks, bombs, monsters, rotting food, and Kawasaki's gross cooking (that nobody else in town can stomach). However, one episode has him up against a baking monster who makes pies so revolting that not even Kirby wants to eat them.
  • Evil Laugh: A benign example when Kirby is trying to scare Dedede while disguised as a pumpkin in the middle of a forest and also whilst disguised as a ghost in another episode. Played terrifyingly straight when Kirby is possessed by the infamous Demon Frog.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He can swallow blocks, gloves, hats, etc. He's occasionally used as a waste disposal by the locals and he'll eat Kawasaki's food with relish. Although even Kirby hated the taste of Belly Buster's pies, refusing to suck them up.
  • Friend to All Living Things: If monsters don't immediately try to annihilate him, Kirby will almost always befriend the more timid, less powerful ones. Subsequently, this is used as a setup for Tear Jerkers that involve having to kill the monster that he's attached to when it inevitably Turns Red. He's even quite friendly with Dedede when the latter isn't trying to kill him or humiliate him.
  • Forced Sleep: Swallowing a Noddy makes Kirby instantly fall asleep. Unless one smells the Pukey Flower, a victim can sleep for 100 years.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Kirby seems to be able to spend a whole day sleeping if possible, whether in a bed or tree, though likely justified considering his age.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • In 'Kirby Takes The Cake', Kirby thinks that no-one wants to play with him when they are actually secretly preparing a surprise party for their little hero. However, Tokkori, being a Jerkass, tells Kirby that nobody actually likes him and he isn't welcome in Cappy Town anymore. Kirby runs away and it takes Meta Knight and an apologetic Tokkori to convince him to return home as people do care about him.
    • A lesser example is when the little Galbo that Kirby's been raising is seemingly burnt alive by the Galboros. Kirby ends up with tears running down his face before beating the living daylights out of the big monster.
  • Heroic Mime: Except for his Catchphrase and several other little words like "watermelon", he can't say any more than that. This is especially the case in the dub since what words he does say in the original usually gets changed to "poyo".
  • Idiot Hero: Of course, his level of intellect varies somewhat between each episode. Justified. He was awoken 200 years too early from his slumber.
  • Idiot Savant: A variation of him not being an idiot, but being very, very young, but having loads of raw talent and potential. See Instant Expert below.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: What prevented him from completely surrendering himself to the Devil Frog when it possessed him in the infamous Devil Kirby episode. As Meta Knight puts it, "controlling one as pure as Kirby is a virtually impossible task."
  • Innocent Aliens: Is considered this in the eyes of the people of Dream Land, though it's justified by the fact he is considered an infant by his species' standards.
  • Instant Expert: Despite the handicap of being very young, Kirby has an instinctual knack for fighting and is able to get the hang of a new ability by the end of a battle.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Kirby keeps getting kicked about like a football, squashed flat, treated like a golf ball by Dedede, etc, but he's never the worse for wear.
  • Jerkass Ball: Subverted. In "Sweet and Sour Puss", he gets to give the turned-passive King Dedede a taste of his own medicine with a hammer to the head (repeatedly at that), but it was implied to be out of naivety rather than actually disliking him.
  • Kid Hero: He's the youngest Star Warrior in the universe who wasn't meant to awaken for another 200 years, but King Dedede's actions called him to Planet Popstar before his powers were fully developed and he has the mentality of a baby as a result.
  • Loved by All: Everyone in Cappy Town loves Kirby. Even King Dedede seems to like Kirby somewhat, seeing him as a Friendly Enemy.
  • Medium Awareness: Despite his age and naivety, Kirby seems to be the only character that knows he's in an anime, he once exploited this by using an ending transition to remove the monster Erasem from his body, At one point as Mike Kirby he sings one of the show's ending themes, and he even took over narrating a certain episode's On the Next segment, he even intelligently speaks in full Japanese for that segment.
  • Minor Living Alone: He technically counts as this, since despite being a baby, he largely lives independently, with Tokkori living with him as little more than a roommate, if anything. Somewhat justified though, since Tiff, who's the closest to a parental figure he has in Dream Land, lives in King Dedede's castle and there's no way Dedede would let Kirby live in the castle when he's trying to get rid of him all the time.
  • Mundane Utility: In some episodes, the people of Cappy Town have taken advantage of Kirby's inhaling powers and bottomless appetite by feeding him any food they have that they wish to get rid of, such as leftovers, surplus food they have too much of, or anything that nearing its expiration date.
  • Nice Guy: He's one of the most consistently nice and friendly characters in the show.
  • Not Himself: In "Frog Wild", Kirby is possessed by a Demon Frog that makes him do things he would never do due to being a Nice Guy, such as smashing up different things in Cappy Town like Hana's laundry, Professor Curio's artifacts, Tuggle's groceries, Mabel's crystal ball, and Chef Kawasaki's restaurant (and also setting it on fire), as well as recklessly driving Mayor Len's car and King Dedede's limousine into Gus' gas station and Chief Bookem's police station, respectively, and playfully beating up Waddle Doo, the Waddle Dees, and Dedede himself. It takes Tiff shouting at him to knock it off to set him free from the Demon Frog's influence.
    Tiff: Yeah, anybody who knows Kirby knows he wants to help us, not hurt us.
  • Papa Wolf: Becomes one towards the baby Galbo that he hatches to the point that when the Galbo appears to have been burned to death by the Galboros monster, he becomes genuinely enraged and delivers a brutal beatdown.
  • Parents for a Day: In two separate episodes, Kirby hatches an egg including Dyna Blade's Chick and a strange, Ugly Cute monster named Galbo. He proceeds to get them food, looks after them both and tries to keep them out of trouble. Unfortunately, both parents try to attack him anyway.
  • Power Copying: Like the games, his bread and butter is copying the powers of his enemies.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He is every bit as adorable as his game counterpart.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: As stated in Deus ex Machina above, pretty much nothing could stand up to him once he got an ability. But that's the fun of it all—the excitement from his fights comes not from whether he'll win or not, but seeing what ability he'll use to win it.
  • Skilled, but Naive: Kirby's talented when it comes to using his abilities but as a consequence of being young, he needs to be told when to use an ability. Other times, he doesn't recognize when he's in danger and needs telling when something is a monster.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: In "A Half Baked Battle", not even Kirby can stomach Belly Buster's awful pies.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Watermelons, which replace the tomatoes from the games.
  • Transformation Sequence: Whenever he copies an ability he has a whole transformation sequence that's more elaborate than what's seen in the games.
  • Unaffected by Spice: In The Hot Shot Chef, where Chef Kawasaki and Monsieur Goan compete to serve the spiciest dish in Cappy Town. Kirby downs all of them with no reaction to the spice while everyone else is left to being Fire Breathing Diners. The only dish that makes him flinch is Kawasaki's Superspicy Curry.
  • Wingding Eyes: Usually gets X eyes when he's knocked out by monsters, such as Kracko, for example.

    King Dedede
Voiced by: Ted Lewis (EN), Kenichi Ogata (JP), Jorge Santos (LA SP)

The self-proclaimed king of Dream Land, with a huge castle, an army of Waddle Dees and his servant Escargoon at his disposal.

Tropes associated with King Dedede

  • 0% Approval Rating: Nobody on the show likes him. Meta Knight and Customer Service are just using him, the Waddle Dees only serve him because he gives them food and a place to stay, Waddle Doo is only loyal to the Waddle Dees. Really, the only exceptions are Kirby and Escargoon, and even then Escargoon makes it clear in several episodes that he sticks around the king to use his position, and thinks King Dedede is actually a rather terrible boss. When he's unable to get angry or fight back because of Togeira in "Sweet and Sour Puss", everybody save for Escargoon welcomes his new change in personality, though they did have some fun in tormenting him or pummeling his head to see if he reaches his Rage Breaking Point.
  • Accent Adaptation: He gets a Southern accent in the 4Kids dub, like Tao Ren getting a British accent or Jack Levin getting an Australian accent. Ted Lewis stated in an interview that he based said accent and Dedede's mannerisms — and constant mispronunciations — in the dub on then-U.S. President George W. Bush.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Dedede isn't said or shown to be a super genius in the games but he's presented as perfectly intelligent if occasionally childish and is always on the uptake whenever crises arrive on Dreamland; in the anime, however, he acts like a short-sighted moron most of the time and his evil plans are pretty scarce and he fails to realize despite all the catastrophes and his orders backfiring on him how dangerous Demon Beasts and Nightmare Co. really are, going as far as trying to order more after Nightmare and his company are destroyed.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the games, King Dedede started off as a Jerkass, stealing his kingdom's food just because he can. but as the games went on, Dedede grew into an Anti-Villain, an Anti-Hero, and eventually a full-blown hero by the time of Kirby's Return to Dream Land, even willing to ditch his rivalry with Kirby to take on a greater threat. He is also shown at times to truly care for the Waddle Dees, such as in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Here, though, he's an asshole who outright hates Kirby and will do anything to destroy him, is shown to be physically abusive to Escargoon, has no respect from his subjects in Cappy Town, and the Waddle Dees only serve him because he gives them a home.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While he is often antagonistic to Kirby, Dedede in the games is more of an Anti-Villain who is more willing to join Kirby against a more serious threat or genuinely help out. This version of him is just unpleasant, if Laughably Evil, by comparison. This is arguably made even worse in the dub, where most Japanese lines that DIDN'T contain personal threats to Kirby now do. All of this isn't taking account that it took him 99% of the entire series' run before finally pulling off anything remotely resembling a Heel–Face Turn (and even then he still willingly aided Nightmare for most of the finale and still wanted to order Demon Beasts after his defeat) when it took his canon counterpart only two games (both of which were the very first two games of the franchise) before repenting to the good side permanently.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the game series, Dedede is in all appearances shown to be very combat-capable, strong enough to fight on par with Kirby, and times where he is playable indicate he can pull off the same feats as Kirby with limited outside help. Here, Dedede needs outside help and usually gives up after the Monster of the Week fails rather than fighting Kirby himself and when he does try to get one over Kirby expect him to only ever be able to harm Kirby when the latter isn't fighting back against him. His flying and swallowing powers are gone, and he only really uses his hammer to hit Escargoon for comic relief, though he DOES try to use it against Mabel and Phan Phan before Kirby stops him, as well as fending off the Scarfies that went Mutant due to the bones they ate.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His skin is a darker shade of blue than in the games.
  • Adipose Rex: Played for laughs in an episode where he tries to trick Kirby into eating enhanced chips to make him fat. Dedede ends up eating the chips himself before Kirby does, and grows too big to even leave his throne room. The ending result is they both have to be put on health regiments by Max Flexer.
  • Affably Evil: Aside from ordering monsters to "clobbah dat dere Kirby".
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Episode 93 screams this. He played a nasty trick on Kirby that almost got him killed. When he thought the prank indeed killed him, he didn't take it well, despite not liking Kirby since the very beginning.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Dedede wasn't always particularly friendly with Kirby in the games, but he doesn't outright hate him either, and he most certainly didn't want anything to do with Nightmare.
    • Tiff also qualifies to a lesser extent, since she is always suspicious of him and she's Kirby's strongest supporter.
  • Authority in Name Only: Dedede is officially the king but since almost nobody likes him, he has no real power in Cappy Town beyond how much the citizens are willing to obey him, which is never.
  • Bad Boss: Dedede constantly belittles Escargoon when he isn't hitting him with his hammer. He also tried cutting the food supply to his loyal Waddle Dee army when he found out how much it cost. Needless to say, the populace don't think much of him as a king either, especially when he has occasionally destroyed their festivities in the belief they were plotting against him. Still, he does have his good moments as well.
  • Baddie Flattery: Subverted in the dubbed "Devil Kirby" episode (Frog Wild).
    King Dedede: He done WHAT?!
    Escargoon: Kirby's smashing up Cappy Town like a pink wrecking ball!
  • Big Bad: Dedede is the main antagonist of the series, ordering monsters to destroy Kirby and often causing problems in Dream Land.
  • Big Eater: The most extreme example being in episode 61 when he ate what seems the entire throne room's worth of enhanced chips.
  • Butt-Monkey: All the bad luck has to happen to him: only getting a Trooper collectible, losing a school 3 times, being charged massive amounts from NME for everything he buys, need we go on?
  • The Caligula: He's depicted as a capricious, petty and mean-minded Manchild who uses his position as king to bully the people of Cappy Town and take whatever he wants from them, and doesn't have much issue with Nightmare's monsters causing havoc in his kingdom.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He's referred to himself as evil a few times, in both the original and dubbed anime.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Chainsaw Good: Aside from his hammer, a minor recurring weapon of Dedede is a chainsaw, which he first uses to cut down Whispy Woods' Forest to make room for a golf course. What's notable is that 4kids Bowdlerised it by turning it into a laser chainsaw.
  • Compressed Vice: Dedede is suddenly shown to be illiterate in "A Novel Approach", despite episodes before and after this showing him reading just fine.
  • Cool Car: Owns a four-wheel drive tank described as a "monster on wheels". He later custom-orders a pimped-out limousine equipped with hammers, and after using it for the Wacky Racing episode, he keeps it until the end of the series.
  • Demonic Possession: In episode 95 (97 in the dub), he gets possessed by the Demon Frog after Kirby spits it out. Then again, he let the Demon Frog possess him voluntarily.
  • Dirty Coward: Dedede will act tough around Escargoon and bully Kirby when he doesn't have an ability. The minute something that can fight back appears however, he runs away.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: He gets a recurring nightmare in a two-parter of a giant flaming Kirby heading towards Dream Land. It's later revealed that this was actually a premonition about a giant meteor heading towards Dream Land, which will hit in 1000 years. The reason why he saw it as Kirby was due to his deep hatred for him. Said premonition becomes a lot truer due to NME deciding to speed it up to arrive tomorrow.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first episode, Dedede whacks Kirby off a cliff with his hammer despite the latter obviously being little more than an infant. If that doesn't let you know how much of a dick this guy is, then we don't know what will.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In an instance where the town is seemingly doomed to be destroyed, the town decides to confess a lot of their misdeeds from the past. After forgiving Escargoon for stealing funds (after pounding him), Dedede mourns he can't join in because he has done nothing wrong in his life to apologize over. Escargoon is less than impressed.
  • Evil Duo: He forms one with Escargoon, being the louder and less mature of the two villains.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The many things he orders from Nightmare to deal with Kirby frequently cause just as much trouble for him, which takes him practically the whole series to realize.
  • Evil Laugh: He has a very hearty and enthusiastic evil chuckle that he loves using repeatedly.
  • Fat Bastard: Even more so than his main counterpart. He's a fat, greedy Jerkass who cares little about his kingdom other than summoning monsters to attack it.
  • Fat Idiot: He's fat and is clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed, with one episode establishing he can't even read. He's blissfully unaware of how dangerous Nightmare and his company are, and it takes him until the penultimate episode to finally switch sides.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Mentioned by Tiff that he buys a lot of highly expensive toys like a giant telescope only to quickly get bored with them. He lavishes lots of attention on Scarfies in one episode only to abandon them when he realizes how much they cost to feed them. About the only things Dedede arguably keeps an interest in are golf, tormenting Kirby and friends, and pummelling Escargoon.
  • For the Evulz: Orders monsters like the way a spoiled child would buy toys. It gets him into lots of debt from NME.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Even worse than Tiff. His quick reaction to agitation becomes a plot point in Episode 55, where his pent up rage ends up revealing the literal monster inside Dedede.
  • Harmless Villain: Just like in the games, but to a further degree. He has to rely on his monsters he orders from NME to attack Kirby (who all fail, every time, of course). He doesn't put up much of a fight on his own, either (unless while under the influence of certain monsters, of course), and his plans to make money backfire every time as well. He also gets humiliated more often than not in front of his subjects.
  • The Heavy: The most active regular villain of the anime.
  • Hulking Out: After letting the Demon Frog possess him in episode 95, he transforms into a massive, hulking beast, tearing his robe in the process. This would later become added to the series in Kirby Star Allies with the fight against King Dedede.
  • I Own This Town: He claims that he's the 17,062nd ruler of Dream Land.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: A lot of the slapstick of the show befalls Dedede, often for karmic reasons. Not that it changes him or keeps him down for very long.
  • Irony: For all his unpopularity, not a single one of his subjects seems to want to actually overthrow him. In one episode, we find out they see the thought as laughable!
  • Jerkass: To clarify: what does Dedede do when he first meets Kirby? He throws him off a cliff. But he softens as the episodes go by, ultimately siding with Kirby for the final fight against N.M.E. His plans eventually go from "majorly harm Kirby" to "humiliate Kirby".
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: The show sometimes teases the idea that King Dedede may Take a Level in Kindness, such as when he builds a playground for Kirby (out of guilt when everyone thought they were about to die when a meteor hits them), or when he thinks he accidentally killed Kirby, but it never comes through and he always goes right back to being a Jerkass. Dedede was seemingly at his nicest when lovingly taking care of his pet Scarfies, but when they prove too expensive to feed, he ditches them in the middle of the woods without a second thought. Even at the very end, when Cappy Town takes the fight to Nightmare after the entire town is burned to the ground and his castle sustains heavy damage, Dedede only boards the Halberd as an accidental stowaway, is The Load throughout the whole battle, and is only out for himself. Then during his last scene in the show, Dedede simply groans about how he can't order Demon Beasts anymore.
  • Just Fine Without You: In almost every episode of the show, Dedede tries to destroy Kirby, or some other dirty trick, with the help of a monster sent from Nightmare Enterprises. Almost. Sometimes Dedede will try to finish Kirby through some other means as well, without the help of Nightmare Enterprises. Take a look at "Un-reality TV", where he hypnotizes the Cappies to kick Kirby out of town. Or "Kirby's Egg-celent Adventure", where he tries to tempt Kirby into eating Dyna Blade's egg so she will get angry and kill him. However, these mostly apply to earlier episodes before the king suffered Villain Decay, and later episodes have him relying more and more on monsters for other purposes than attacking Kirby.
  • Large Ham: There's not a single moment where he is not doing most of the shouting and being dramatic at the same time. Moments include him constantly yelling at his minions to clobber Kirby, going crazy if his noodles aren't arriving on time, and the two times where he wants to make a cartoon all about himself.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Every episode ends with him — often along with Escargoon — suffering some sort of karmic punishment for his Jerkassery in the episode.
  • Laughably Evil: Just like his game counterpart. For a cruel dictator, he's pretty hilarious.
  • Leitmotif: Strangely does not have his traditional theme from the games, instead always being accompanied by a jazzy horn fanfare. In the English dub, he instead has this quirky synth theme.
  • Malaproper: Has quite a habit of this, probably at least Once per Episode.
  • Manchild: He tends to act like a spoiled kid, despite being a self-proclaimed authority figure. One episode even implied that he experienced some trauma that caused his mental development to stop.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In the finale, Dedede and Escargoon turned on Nightmare when he sent Heavy Lobster to destroy them, along with Kirby and company.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In episode 93, Dedede and Escargoon play a mean-spirited prank on Kirby, tricking him into eating a bomb. The heroes, fed up with the King's constant bullying of Kirby, trick the two into thinking the explosion killed Kirby instead of the usual Amusing Injuries. Dedede discovers Kirby's "funeral" underway, and, despite having seemingly gotten rid of the pink annoyance at last, breaks down sobbing in remorse.
  • Narcissist: His castle has statues of him all over the place, and he even puts up a statue in the village just so he can admire it.
  • Never Learned to Read: He's revealed to be illiterate in "A Novel Approach", where he feels left out when everybody else is reading Pappy Potty and the Fool's Stone. He seemed to have learned how to read by "Fossil Fools", however.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Really, Dedede, did you have to explain Meta Knight's entire plan to Customer Service?
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • In episode 76 after dinosaur Kirby ate the torchlight, he could just sit back and enjoy, how it destroys everybody, but no, he had to throw a bomb so Kirby can inhale it and fight back. Genius!
      • Not to mention that - unless it's Kirby 64 - there is no way Kirby can use two different abilities at once, but even then, he has to "fuse" it first by temporarily getting rid of the ability he currently has.
    • Another instance of this happens in episode 84. Kirby is fighting Mumbies, assassins of Star Warriors, and losing. Dedede appears and wraps up a bomb as a "farewell present" to Kirby. He sucks it up, becomes Bomb Kirby, and defeats Mumbies. Lampshaded by Escargoon.
      Escargoon: And whose fault was that?
      • Mind you, the expression on his face before he throws the bomb suggests that he threw it on purpose, perhaps indicating that deep down, he really does like Kirby.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: According to Meta Knight, his reason for ordering monsters is mostly because he's fascinated by them.
  • Not Me This Time: In episode 66, Tiff immediately assumes that King Dedede has something to do with the sudden season change given that he did something very similar in "Dedede's Snow Job". However, it turns out that he's innocent, given that he has unpaid bills from NME and can't order monsters until further notice.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He has moments where he is somewhat menacing, and he occasionally gains the upper hand. While his own combat prowess leaves a lot to be desired, he can still terrorize the heroes with his Waddle Dee army, his virtual monopoly on weapons, his immense resources, or his monsters. Before Kirby came along, no one could really oppose him because of those factors.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he gets turned into an All-Loving Hero in "Sweet and Sour Puss", due to being under the effects of Togeira, his new personality becomes quite a shock to everybody. Especially Escargoon.
  • Pet the Dog: In episode 42, Dedede fulfills his promise of building a park for the village kids right before the apocalypse happens. It turns out that the crisis is averted, but it actually stays there for the rest of the series. In the same episode, he thanks Escargoon for enduring all the abuse he subjects him to.
  • Sigil Spam: His peace-sign symbol (as shown on the back of his pimped out coat) shows up on a lot of his homemade monsters, mimicking eNeMeE's own sigil.
  • Signature Laugh: "Bwuh heh heh heh heh!" in the dub. "Dyeh heh heh heh" in the original.
  • Slouch of Villainy: When he sits on his throne.
  • Small-Town Tyrant: This version of Dedede is a corrupt, greedy king who lords over the peaceful village of Cappy Town. The English dub leans into this further by giving him a southern accent.
  • Stylistic Suck: His homebrew anime, entitled Dedede: Comin' At Ya in the dub and Dedede of the Stars in the original.
  • Take That!: In the 4Kids dub of the Kirby anime, they had King Dedede give a Southern accent as well as uttering "Bushisms", similar to a certain former U.S. President.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His catchphrase in the Japanese version.
  • Toothy Bird: He has a mouth of them as shown when some scenes show him drawn with them. This even plays a huge role in "A Dental Dilemma", where he pridefully claims that his choppers as he calls them are completely immune to cavities at first. Soon enough, he ends up being proven wrong, and gets scared out of his wits when he learns he's now due to get his teeth drilled.
  • Toppled Statue: Does this to his own solid-gold statue under the belief that he will die when the giant meteor obliterates Dream Land, then orders a playground in its place as a final good deed, making sure Kirby sees it.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, he adds "zoi" at the end of a lot of his sentences. This carries over to the Japanese version of Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  • Villain Decay: At first he could come up with legitimate plans to be rid of Kirby and they sometimes were more successful than his attempts to rely on Demon Beasts to do the job for him, later on he starts relying more and more on them and becomes even more pathetic than ever when he tries to strike out on his own.
  • Villain Love Song: When he tries to propose to Princess Rona.
  • Villain Protagonist: While Kirby is still often the center focus, a lot of screentime is given to Dedede in many episodes, with Dedede at many times initiating or driving the plots.
  • Villain Song: His twisted version of "Old McDonald had a Farm" in the dub of episode 7 must be heard to be believed.
  • Worthy Opponent: King Dedede admits in episode 93 that he actually does like Kirby being around, even though the entire reason is having an enemy means he isn't bored.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Ignoring for a minute that Kirby's a baby, Dedede's attempts to "clobber that there Kirby" have put the lives of Tiff and Tuff in danger as well. Him being aware that they are in danger doesn't help. He even tried to crush Tiff with a statue once and would have succeeded too if not for Meta Knight.

    Meta Knight
Voiced by: Eric Stuart (EN), Atsushi Kisaichi (JP), Gerardo Reyero (episodes 1-85), Leonardo García (episodes 45, 56, and 86 onwards) (LA SP)

"I am a loyal servant of the king. Why would I help Kirby?"
A mysterious knight who claims to serve Dedede, but his true allegiances seem to fall elsewhere. He takes the role of Kirby's mentor, training him to fight against the monsters and to eventually defeat Nightmare.

Note: This space is only for the tropes that apply to Meta Knight in the anime only. All other traits go on the main Kirby character page.

Tropes associated with Meta Knight

  • 24-Hour Armor: He's never seen without his mask or armour, even while sleeping or unconscious. Also, unlike the games, he's never seen without his mask off either, presumably because this would have led to a lot of questions about his similarity to Kirby.
  • Accent Adaptation: He gets a Spanish accent in the English dub. Eric Stuart apparently chose the accent as a nod to Zorro.
  • The Ace: Kit Cosmos called him the "Pride of the Star Warriors" and given that he's one of the few survivors of the army, he's got the skill to back up his reputation.
  • Acrophobic Bird: Subverted and justified—he doesn't have the Cape Wings that are in the games, putting him at a disadvantage in many of the battles he fights. He did in the pilot episode, however.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the games he's a mysterious figure with an ambiguous morality. The anime clears that up, expands on that, and elaborates it, making him an Enigmatic Minion for Dedede, a Stealth Mentor to Kirby, and the Hero of Another Story in his own recollections.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Meta Knight, while usually portrayed as a Hero Antagonist in the games, fights Kirby in several instances and sometimes enters Well-Intentioned Extremist territory; with spin-offs even showing him being willing to go to extreme lengths such as employing dark artifacts of power just to beat Kirby such as in Fighters 2. In the anime, though he seemingly works for King Dedede, he actually is one of Kirby's allies who often disobeys the King to do the right thing; and his more arrogant and aggressive personality traits are downplayed in favor of his Stealth Mentor and protective tendencies which are less pronounced in the games.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Meta Knight isn't as powerful as he is in the game, he lacks most of his abilities, including the aforementioned Cape Wings and only seems to have skilled swordsmanship as his means of offense. For most of the series, he lets Kirby do the work, so he can get stronger, he does try to interfere when the Giant Mook Masher is trying to kill Kirby, but MK is just backhanded, and lets Kirby finish him. He also loses against Wolfwrath, and Sirica (after she almost broke his arm). Possibly justified. In the 4th episode, he elaborated on Nightmare, the corporation and the war between him and the Star Warriors. Meta Knight was the last one, describing being 'alone, injured, but alive'. We also don't know how old he is, but considering Kirby was supposed to start duty at 200 years age, perhaps Meta Knight is simply reaching his limits from all his years at war.
  • Badass Cape: He has it wrapped around him most of the time, probably to cultivate the mysterious image, but it looks cool and is very cool when unfurled as well.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him:
    • He does this to Escargoon using methods such as a mechanized fist and rapid spinning in the episode where he gets possessed by a monster that makes him forgotten by everyone, insisting that the methods would get the monster out. It works.
    • A darker example, in his flashback from episode 19: He Mercy Killed his best friend after he was posessed by Nightmare. And this was the only person in the entire series, game or anime, that was ever stated to be Meta Knight's friend.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Once he stops being a Jerkass to Kirby.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Episode 18 (episode 16 in the dub) proves that everyone would be dead without him. He follows Tuff and his friends into a jungle, saving them a grand total of three times without revealing his presence every single time their lives are endangered. At the end, he nearly gets killed trying to save Tuff from a giant Venus Flytrap-like plant by forcing its jaws open with his bare hands, gets bitten and nearly chewed to a pulp, and later burns the plant down. No one thanks him for this.
    • There's another moment of this in episode 26, where he jumps in front of Kirby and Tuff to challenge Wolfwrath, and later in the flashback, where he saves Sword and Blade by wrestling Wolfwrath off a cliff.
    • Any time Meta Knight randomly shows up to throw Kirby something that he can copy to save the day.
  • Big Good: He doesn't always make it obvious, but he's the closest this series has to one.
  • Bond One-Liner: Gets one when he stops Escargoon, (who is pretending to be a robot to trick Dedede), from attacking Kirby.
    Escargoon: I'll get you this time, Kirby!
    Meta Knight: No, you won't! (Slide tackles Escargoon, causing him to crash into a tree)
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Wall of Weapons in his room, which belong to Sword and Blade, his assistants.
  • Cold Ham: While still retaining his stoic demeanor, Meta Knight manages to have an equal amount of dramatic moments as King Dedede, Escargoon and NME Sales Guy, especially within his English dub voice actor. Like when he is making conversations with Sword Knight and Blade Knight and when he says his line in the Show Within a Show Dedede: Comin' At Ya!.
    Meta Knight: Look, it is Fire Dedede! Our hero! I would never say that!
  • Combat Commentator: He comments on most of Kirby's transformations.
  • Combat Pragmatist: More so in the anime than in the games. In this continuity, he also places reason in higher priority than honor.
  • The Comically Serious: Meta Knight maintains a serious demeanor, but it doesn't stop him from having funny dialogue.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Why else would Meta Knight have a whip to snag the bathtub that Kirby, Tiff and Tuff were in from sliding down a rubbish heap when looking out for aliens?
    • Ever since his arrival in Dream Land, alongside Sword and Blade, Meta Knight has been secretly constructing the Halberd in order to take the fight to Nightmare, long before Kirby was on the scene.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Meta Knight was one of many Star Warriors who fought in a war against Nightmare. However, they ended up losing in the long run, with most of the Star Warriors being killed. That's not all either. He had to witness one of said comrades, Garlude, giving her life against Kirisakin so he could take the legendary sword Galaxia, with Meta Knight unable to save her. He later had to kill his best and possibly only friend (Knuckle Joe's Father) when said friend was corrupted into a monster after being captured by Nightmare's forces, and when his craft crashed fleeing from Nightmare, he ended up in the employ of King Dedede. He copes with it fine though and soldiers on so Kirby can do what he and his comrades failed at, defeating Nightmare.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just because he’s a stoic doesn’t mean he hasn’t a single good one-liner of good sarcasm. See the line at Cold Ham above.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He is technically King Dedede's closest servant besides Escargoon, but barely ever does anything for him and even when he does, he is quick to switch to helping Kirby and co. stop him. This even gets pointed out by Escargoon in the Japanese version with the following line from episode 60:
    Escargoon: "At least do your job once in a while!"
  • Dramatic High Perching: A favorite pose of his is to appear in high places overseeing the events going down and only coming down to interfere and help Kirby in a pinch.
  • Dwindling Party: Discussed in episode 4. In the initial conflict with Nightmare, the endless hordes of Demon Beasts killed everyone that tried to resist his conquest of the universe, the Star Warriors included, leaving only Meta Knight alive – or so he thinks.
  • Dynamic Entry: Has a habit of appearing out of nowhere on high places to announce something relevant to the plot.
  • Eldritch Abomination: There are some slight implications that he might actually be the Demon Beast that Nightmare created but failed to make obedient and rose up to face him, given that said monster is depicted in Kabu's tale as wielding a sword, in addition to Meta Knight's own otherwordly abilities occasionally seen.
  • Expressive Mask: In the pilot when Kirby spits Captain Stitch at him, Meta Knight's mask is turned upside down for a second, giving him an exaggerated "Oh, Crap!" expression. This is something that never happens again in the anime, nor in another game.
  • The Faceless: Unlike in the games, Meta Knight's face is never seen.
  • Famed In-Story: People like him so much that in the episode with the collectible figures, after someone finds a Meta Knight figurine the whole town goes nuts trying to find another one. Including King Dedede, who grabs every single candy off the shelf in hopes of finding one. Which is pretty stupid, considering that the real Meta Knight was there the whole time.
    • While Dedede hates when the knight disobeys him to stop his schemes, even he can't resist the temptation to have a figurine of Meta Knight at any cost due to how popular he is.
    • It gets worse when Meta Knight himself, when told about it, laughs at the fact that not only is there a toy figure of himself for sale in chocolate eggs, but it is the most sought-after figurine of the bunch to boot. In the dub, at least, he enjoys his fame, responding to it with a laugh and a "Yes, I like this."
  • Flourish Cape in Front of Face: Meta Knight does a two-handed version, commonly going around with both corners of his cape pulled up to his shoulders. The pose ties in with his depiction as a mysterious mentor figure to Kirby and his friends.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Meta Knight is shown to be very knowledgeable about engineering in general. He fixes up Kirby's broken Starship and also modifies it for use in a grand prix, as future preparation for Kirby's piloting skills. He is also revealed to have had a Starship of his own back in his days of fighting against Nightmare. Furthermore, he, along with Sword and Blade have been secretly constructing the Battleship Halberd, which is capable of travelling light years via wormholes, ever since their arrival in Dream Land, beneath Castle Dedede.
  • Give Me a Sword: Throws Kirby a sword before their duel in episode 3, akin to the way he does in the games.
  • Great Offscreen War: Fought in the Star Warrior army against the forces of Nightmare during their glory days which is only partially depicted in flashbacks, he saw most of his comrades die in the battle and believed for a long time that he was the only survivor. Luckily for him, turns out there are a few other scant Star Warriors left and they resurface eventually.
  • Hero of Another Story: A very different story where he was a part of the Star Warrior Army (and implicitly the best warrior of them all) and fought for years against Nightmare's forces until he was the only member left or at least he thought he was before fleeing to Popstar. The most we get to hear about it is through miscellaneous flashbacks.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Yes, Meta Knight was the victim of this trope in episode 14... Or at least he pretended to be one... You'll never know...
    Tiff: I just know King Dedede is plotting something! Those pillows sound spooky to me!
    Meta Knight: You may be right, Tiff. But just because Dedede has tried to trick us in the past, does not mean he is trying to trick us now. Perhaps he is turning over a new leaf. Why don't we try these pillows and see?
  • Infinity +1 Sword: He wields one named Galaxia, which was Forged by the Gods. Somehow, as long as it's in his possession, Nightmare cannot take over the entire universe.
  • Knight, Knave, and Squire: He's the knight, while both Sword and Blade are his knaves.
  • La Résistance: The Sole Survivor of one, or so he thinks.
  • Leitmotif: In the Japanese and English versions, he's often accompanied by a Spanish guitar-like riff, reminscent of Zorro. Possibly the reason 4Kids decided to give him a Spanish accent.
  • Living Mood Ring: His eyes change color to reflect his mood, being the only indicator given his mask, though some are seen more often than others:
    • Green indicates him being in thought or problem-solving, such as in Escargoon Squad.
    • A darker grass-like green is used when he is very serious, such as in A Blockbuster Battle.
    • Blue implies pride or joy, given we see them primarily upon reflecting how much Kirby has grown during the one year anniversary of his arrival to Dream Land.
    • His Yellow eyes becomes brighter whenever he's determined.
    • Dark Red implies anger, hostility or fear. First seen when Tuff took him to a mysterious haunted house and he failed to slash the door with Galaxia. They glow when he realizes that the dark force at hand is Nightmare in Scare Tactics Pt. II.
    • Pink implies he's amused, given that we first see it when he learns he has a mini-figurine of himself and a very rare sought-out one that even King Dedede is desperate to get as well. He even voices his amused approval of it before chuckling good-naturedly in Snack Attack Pt I.
    • Orange appears to be fear or surprise, as seen in his surprise of seeing Kirby in Episode 1.
    • Silver/White is unknown, but it appears to further seriousness in a subtle difference from the darker green.
    • When he's sleeping or unconscious, they're a dull, dark yellow.
  • Master Swordsman: Of course, it's Meta Knight! He even teaches Kirby the Sword Beam!
  • Mr. Exposition: Justified. Who else would inform us about Star Warriors and Kirby's abilities?
  • Mysterious Protector: Towards Kirby and his friends.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Due to his habit of appearing out of nowhere to say something plot-relevant to the characters, this led to the speculation that he stalks Kirby and his friends on a regular basis. He even does so in the episode about GHOSTS, resulting in a Scare Chord when Tuff and Kirby see his glowing eyes emerge from the forest, only for the camera to zoom out and reveal that it's just Meta Knight.
  • Named Weapons: His sword, Galaxia.
  • Not So Above It All: He likes watching Dedede's channel and was amused when he hears that a collectible of him was made, especially since it was highly sought after and rare.
  • Not So Stoic: He is The Stoic most of the time though he does indicate when he's feeling amused on a number of occasions. Also, it's hard to be stoic when you get hit by a load of pie.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In episode 3, while training Kirby. He Hand Waves it by saying that Kirby can only awaken his powers when he's put in life-or-death situations. Though he could have beaten Kirby thoroughly if he didn't give him a chance to waken his powers.
  • Only Sane Man: Meta Knight is a sane person in an insane world. Or maybe, he's an insane person in an even crazier world. Whichever case it is, he's almost always the more level-headed person in the room besides Tiff.
  • Pet the Dog: To Sword and Blade, and occasionally Kirby in some of the later episodes.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    • In the Japanese original, "I am his majesty's loyal servant." before he kicks Escargoon's and Dedede's tank down a cliff.
    • The dub version was just as great of a retaliation: "It pains me to do this, sire, but I must".
    • And it's safe to say 30% of his lines are this. Another 30% are jokes and the last 40% is him being (non-)helpful.
  • Pungeon Master: Yes, Meta Knight is this. Chance are, if he's in an episode, he'll make some pun relating to the situation at hand or whatever monster Dedede's ordered.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: Combined with Stealth Mentor.
  • Sole Survivor: At first he thought he was the only Star Warrior with all the other ones dying in the war against Nightmare. However, more Star Warriors start to show up who Meta Knight didn't know were still alive.
  • So Proud of You: He never really tells Kirby this outright but Meta Knight is undoubtedly proud of Kirby's progress and maturation, best seen when his eyes glow blue.
  • Sweet Tooth: Fans noticed that, in the episode where Meta Knight is seen enjoying Channel DDD, there's a jar of sweets in the corner. He's never shown eating sweets, but a lot of people get this trope from just that. The sweet jar appears in Meta Knight's room in a couple of other episodes as well so he probably does like sweets. He may also like tea as well.
  • The Stoic: Meta Knight rarely lets anything ruffle him even when a monster is currently in destruction mode. Although he does laugh several times in the series: when he notices that Escargoon and his mother look exactly alike, when he's seen watching Channel DDD, and when Tiff tells him to complain to the company that made an action figure of him.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Towards the end of the series, he discusses this with his subordinates, stating that this is his reason for not helping out Kirby as much. It makes sense, because he's still testing Kirby's power as an individual, doing so by drawing further and further into isolation from him during his battles.
  • Training from Hell: Meta Knight's methods of training Kirby usually involve him fighting for his life. Tiff might object to this but Meta Knight's reasons are that Kirby will only grow stronger if he is made to exceed his limits and that he will mature faster because of said harsh methods.
  • We Meet Again: Said to WolfWrath near the beginning of episode 26.
  • The Worf Effect: Usually what happens whenever Meta Knight does get into a battle — hence why the only instances in which he's been overpowered in a fight are with Wolfwrath, Masher, and the Pukey plant. This is probably justified due to having gone past his prime after all his years at war.

    eNeMeE (Nightmare)
Voiced by: Andrew Rannells, Michael Sinterklaas (Kirby 3D) (EN), Banjo Ginga (JP), Alejandro Illescas (episodes 1-41), Jesús Cortés (rest of the series) (LA SP)
"They are growing desperate. They'll realize I'll have them beaten. I was hoping they would be foolish enough to attack. So I've prepared a surprise for them."

The Greater-Scope Villain of the anime series, and owner of Nightmare Enterprises. In the past he's staged a full-scale war against a number of resistance movements, but for now, all he does is make the monsters that Dedede uses to 'get' Kirby.

Note: This space is only for the tropes that only apply to Nightmare in the anime. All other traits go on the main Kirby character page.

  • Achilles' Heel: As revealed in the finale of the anime, Nightmare's a living nightmare, meaning he can only be defeated in dreams; all else will harmlessly pass through his body as if it was just a small gust of air. Not to mention, his only weakness is the Star Rod, which Kirby can take control of and use against him by swallowing his own Warp Star. Of course, with his As Long as There Is Evil gig, Nightmare can't truly be destroyed forever so long as there's fear and nightmares in everyone's hearts (least in the Japanese version. It's implied that Kirby defeated him for good in the English dub since this line was removed).
  • Adaptational Badass: While he doesn't do much fighting, in the games he was just a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere whose only threat was spreading bad dreams, but here, he's a Physical God that poses a threat to the entire universe.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Nightmare was already a villain in the games, but the extent of his villainy was basically spreading bad dreams. Here, he threatens to conquer the entire universe, creates monsters to terrorize people for the hell of it, is implied to have murdered people in cold blood, and is generally far more sadistic than his game counterpart.
  • Adaptational Wimp: His game counterpart was the Final Boss who took repeated hits from the Star Rod to defeat. In this series, the Star Rod kills him in a single hit.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the game series, he really only appeared once (although the game in which he appeared later got remade), and was a relatively minor threat compared to many villains Kirby has faced (only wanting to spread bad dreams as opposed to, say, feeding off of the inhabitants of Popstar for all eternity or eradicating all organic beings in the multiverse, among others). Here's he's the direct cause of many minor bosses that in the games were unaffiliated with the main antagonist, with ambitions to conquer the universe.
  • Adapted Out: His Orb form is only present as cameos and he can't assume that form. His plot of invading the Fountain of Dreams to spread bad dreams is also written out.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has grey skin.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: He gives this kind of speech in the finale (at least in the original Japanese).
    "True to my name, I am but a dream that lives in your heart. Therefore, I am immortal. For as long as there is fear in your heart, I will someday return."
    • Subverted in the English dub. He's screaming in fear as he disappears into nothing.
  • Astral Checkerboard Decor: In his lair, complete with a few monsters that look like chess pieces.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the beginning of the Kirby 3D special when he and the NME Sales Guy are talking about Kirby:
    "Best-selling video games?! An animated series?! He's unstoppable!"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He knows he's evil and relishes every second of it.
  • Classic Villain: Representing Ambition, Wrath, and Sloth, and quite possibly the Devil himself.
  • Contemplative Boss: He is rarely seen before the Series Finale, but whenever he appears before it, he is shown in this pose.
  • Cool Shades: Much like his game counterpart.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the owner of Nightmare Enterprises, an intergalactic MegaCorp, and far and away the most evil character on the show.
  • Deader than Dead: Heavily implied in the 4Kids dub of all places. While the Japanese has him give a final speech about being immortal after he had already been reduced to nothing, the dub just has him screaming in agony while he's fading into nothing.
  • Dub Name Change: He's called "eNeMeE" in the 4Kids dub, but inconsistently called Nightmare in certain episodes.
  • Evil is Petty: He and the NME Sales Guy divided the monster Fofa into two, then sold Fololo and Falala for twice the profit just to shortchange Dedede further.
  • Evil Laugh: Does this every time he's on screen.
  • Evil Overlord: He's the head of Night Mare Enterprises (NME)/Holy Nightmare Corporation and he plans to take over the universe.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He seems like a pretty cool and laid-back kind of guy at first glance. He created Night Mare Enterprises and sells monsters to customers, pretending to pass them off as useful everyday objects. He even prefers to amuse himself by watching Kirby fighting his monsters. Underneath all that, he's a total psychopath and even the little help his Demon Beasts provide is temporary as they are ultimately meant to turn on customers.
  • Fangs Are Evil: His teeth are serrated.
  • Final Boss: He serves as this for the finale when Kirby and the other characters arrive at his fortress.
  • For the Evulz: Pretty much his reason for doing anything, but one particular example was speeding up the comet Gerath to crash into Popstar.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Often in the English dub, his company's name (NightMare Enterprises) is abbreviated as 'NME'. It sounds like 'enemy' when read aloud.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He creates the monsters that make Kirby's life miserable, but he never fights him one-on-one until the finale. The closest thing to an active antagonist for Kirby is probably Dedede, although he doesn't have any real affiliation with Nightmare or his conquering campaign, other than ordering his monsters for his own selfish purposes an to destroy Kirby (which he does for his own sake rather than Nightmare's).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Enters Kirby’s dreams after tiring him out, thereby allowing Kirby to turn the tables on him.
  • Karma Houdini: In spite of being defeated by Kirby, Nightmare doesn't really take it very hard and basically admits that as his namesake, he's basically a living dream and can never truly die. as long as fear exists he will one day return. In the dub, however, it's implied Kirby killed Nightmare for good as he lets out a blood curdling scream before the finishing blow and his speech is removed.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once Nightmare enters the scene indirectly or directly, things get deadly serious.
  • Lazy Bum: He embodies the Deadly Sin of Sloth really well, as in the anime, he prefers to spend his time in his chessboard-like lair and amuses himself with watching Kirby battle his monsters.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He's arrogant enough that his beliefs that Kirby won't be able to take him down won't change, despite the huge amount of monsters he's easily taken down, but he immediately becomes frightened instantly when Kirby uses the Star Rod against him.
  • Mind Rape: Attempted with Kirby when the two meet in the realm of dreams in the series finale and backfires spectacularly.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When entering Kirby's dreams, he brings Tiff with him so she can witness him tormenting her friend. This ends up being a bad idea, since she was carrying the warp star at the moment...
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-universe he can induced nightmares and painful dreams on others. Obviously.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Relies entirely on his army of monsters to terrorize Dream Land, and if he's serious he sends a Destroya. When he does fight his ability in combat is unimpressive at least when facing the Star Rod, the first true opposition that didn't fail to harm him.
  • No-Sell: From Kirby's Fire ability to the Halberd's main cannon, anything he's attacked with passes harmlessly through him. That's because he's a living nightmare and can only be harmed in a dream and even then that's only when Kirby acquires the Star Rod.
  • Obviously Evil: He has a dark aura, giant demon horns, and an evil toothy grin. And he makes Evil Minions in the form of monsters that the NME Sales Guy, sells for him. His official title is even Emperor of Darkness.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Kirby gains the Star Rod, the perpetually smug and arrogant Nightmare practically soils himself as he realizes how screwed he is.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Aside from sending a meteor towards Cappy Town, he does absolutely nothing himself until the cast gets near his fortress. It's slightly justified since he'd already plowed through the major resistance he faced in his conquests and the biggest threat to him Kirby, could likely only prove to be a minor nuisance in a direct confrontation due to his young age, in addition to just finding the fights enjoyable.
  • Physical God: Is all but outright stated to be one. He's virtually immortal, cannot be destroyed by any means except the Star Rod, can create countless monsters with plethora of abilities, take control of other beings and turn them into monsters, and he has conquered entire planets.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: His Hammerspace cape is decked out with a perpetually-moving night sky that all attacks pass through harmlessly.
  • Shock and Awe: Can fire lightning from his hands.
  • Slasher Smile: His default expression.
  • Smug Smiler: Is never seen without that cocky grin.
  • Smug Super: Arrogant and condescending, but being a Physical God and all, he has every right to be smug.
  • The Sociopath: He's a chillingly realistic portrayal of psychopathy for such a light-hearted show. Beneath his charming facade, he's a smug, sadistic monster who will stop at nothing to take over the universe.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In Kirby's Adventure, Nightmare was the Greater-Scope Villain of the game, appearing only at the end so that Kirby can destroy him with the Star Rod. The Japanese version of the anime gives him an As Long as There Is Evil speech where he claims he is an invincible Living Dream and can never truly be defeated, heavily implying he'll be back someday.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He believes that Kirby and the rest of the Star Warriors would be of little threat to him. He was wrong considering about the amount of monsters Kirby easily defeats, but his opinion of him did not improve. Then Kirby gets the Star Rod and he utterly crumbles.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The anime is a slice-of-life adventure series that is every bit as lighthearted and fun-loving as the mainstream games and doesn't have any real menacing villains aside from the occasional monster as King Dedede and Escargoon are bullies at worst. Once Nightmare takes center stage though, everything becomes much more serious.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes from cocky to terrified in a split second when Kirby gains the Star Rod. In the Japanese version, he does recompose himself after he's been killed, calmly giving a speech about how he will eventually return thanks to his nature as a living nightmare.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kidnaps Tiff in the finale to lure Kirby to his lair.

    Knuckle Joe
Click here  to see his alternate color palette

Voiced By: Kevin Kolack (first appearance), Michael J. Haigney (rest of the series) (EN), Minami Takayama (JP), Carlos Íñigo (first appearance), Irwin Daayán (second appearance) (LA SP)

A brash and impulsive kid who comes to Popstar seeking revenge against the Star Warrior that destroyed his father. Dedede and Escargoon take this as a chance to 'get' Kirby, and they tell him that Kirby's the Star Warrior that he's looking for.

note: He appears in the games as a regular enemy, and also as a helper character in Kirby Super Star. Being only a minor character in the games with no personality, he was given one in the anime, hence the reason why he's on the anime's character page instead of the main character page.

Tropes associated with Knuckle Joe:

  • Adaptational Badass: Knuckle Joes were just a generic enemy. Knuckle Joe in this series can fight on par with Fighter Kirby.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Knuckle Joe is an enemy in the games, but is an ally in this series.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His first appearance had him sport an extremely different palette from the games, with a purple face, arms, and legs, white hair, and a red outfit and shoes. Subverted from his second appearance onwards where he starts using his "Friend" appearance.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime gives him a personality and a backstory, which wasn't present in the Kirby games.
  • An Aesop: The moral of episode 19 can be summed up as "Don't let revenge consume you."
  • Anime Hair: He's got long spiky hair.
  • Badass Adorable: He's cute-looking but capable of giving even Kirby a beating.
  • Best Served Cold: Again, in Episode 19, attacked Kirby when he did NOTHING to him or his dad then got defeated eventually.
  • Broken Ace: His father was killed by a Star Warrior, who is revealed to be Meta Knight.
  • Broken Pedestal: His father briefly becomes this to him in Episode 19. After he learns that his love for his son led him to come back as a monster under Nightmare Enterprises, he curses his name, believing that he was trying to avenge a weakling.
  • Calling Your Attacks: In spades.
  • The Cameo: In the finale, along with Sirica.
  • Character Tics: Joe often rubs his nose with the side of his index finger, but there's no reason given as to why he always does this.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His father's pendant contains the blueprints for a power-amplification device that helps him defeat Masher 2.0. The only way for it to fire is to put the pendant itself into the device, and after it's used, the pendant is destroyed.
  • The Corruption: In Episode 19, Joe turned into a spike monster while battling Kirby for the second timenote  and after Meta Knight told him Kirby has copied his Needle ability, Joe realizes what he has become, doesn't want to be a monster anymore, and gets defeated.
  • Cute Bruiser: Don't let his looks fool you, he's quite a skilled fighter.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father was corrupted by Nightmare and then killed by Meta Knight.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: He does this to the townspeople in Episode 19 when he goes to look for Kirby.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Actually pulls it off twice—He turns good at the end of episode 19 note , and then reappears in episode 40 as an employee of NME, convincing them to bring out their most powerful monster, ultimately siding with Kirby to defeat it after revealing himself to be a mole.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Discussed by Meta Knight—he gets carried away with revenge, and Nightmare takes advantage of this by turning him into a monster, like he did to his father.
    Meta Knight: "Anyone who abandons his reason, and lives only by hatred is a monster!"
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His Signature Moves, Vulcan Jab and Smash Punch.
  • The Mole: Appears in episode 40 as Nightmare Enterprises' Monster Manager, sending wave after wave of them on Cappy Town, seemingly to exhaust Kirby so they could unleash Masher on him. In reality, it was to lure out what was presumed to be their strongest monster so he and Kirby could team up and beat it.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Like Sirica, he would rather punch through someone than try to reason with them.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • To Kirby in episode 19. It's what makes him realize that he was being controlled by Demonic Possession.
    • He does it again to Kirby in episode 40.
  • No Name Given: Joe's father.
  • Pointy Ears: The only humanoid character (along with his father) in the anime that's drawn with ears, which makes this even more unusual.
  • Power Glows: For some strange reason, this only happened in Episodes 19 and 40 when he flew.
  • Revenge Before Reason: After being led to believe that Kirby was the one who killed his father, Joe is quite shocked to find that he's just a kid. He almost realizes that Kirby's the wrong guy, but he's so fixated on revenge that he battles him anyway.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: To nearly everyone on sight after going to Popstar.
  • Shock and Awe: Electrocutes Tokkori in his first appearance.
  • Shoryuken: Rising Break, which also doubles as his Finishing Move.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: To the point of calling his own father a bastard in the original Japanese version. Though as mentioned above, how much of his Japanese dialogue you actually regard as swearing is up to the individual.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Sirica, although it helps that he comes first.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks a lot like his father.
  • You Killed My Father: Believed Kirby did this. It was really Meta Knight as a Mercy Kill.

    Chef Kawasaki
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Maddie Blaustein (Original anime run, EN), Ted Lewis (Kirby 3D short, EN), Martín Soto (LA SP)
A local chef in Cappy Town, and one of the very few residents who isn't a Cappy. He dreams of being an amazing chef, but his cooking has an infamous reputation of being terrible.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Kawasaki in the games was a recurring mid-boss. This series made him into one of the heroes (although the game series would eventually follow suit in Kirby Star Allies).
  • Adaptational Wimp: He lacks the fighting skills that his Mini-Boss game-self has.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the games, he made sparse appearances as a mid-boss and opponent in minigames for Kirby. In the anime his role is expanded with a backstory where he was taught by Chef Shiitake but struggles to make progress, and helping out Kirby by providing him with the Cook ability.
  • Broken Pedestal: Chef Shiitake serves as one for him when he finds out his old teacher uses an hallucinogenic extract to make his food taste amazing. It ends up rebuilt when Chef Shiitake reveals the extract was actually a souvenir for Kawasaki and while he has lost his reputation in the process, he's happy that his student has learnt something.
  • Cooking Duel: King Dedede orders a cooking contest between Kawasaki and his old friend Chef Nagoya with the prize being Kawasaki's restaurant, with Nagoya undoubtedly being the better chef. He realises though that Kawasaki is being sabotaged and refuses to overtake the restaurant.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: The episodes The Hot Shot Chef, Ultimate Iron Man: Cook Oosoka, Pupil Showdown! Cook Nagoya, and Turning! Revolving Sushi put extra focus on him.
  • Depending on the Writer: How dreadful his cooking varies with each episode. Some episodes suggests his cooking is merely mediocre, while in others it's downright atrocious.
  • Hypocrite: Played for Laughs in "Dedede's Raw Deal" in which he remarks that sushi has a long and proud history, is an art and anyone using a robot to make them is selling out for profit... which he then immediately proceeds to use.
  • Lethal Chef: Chef Kawasaki has a reputation for being a very bad cook in Cappy Town. Different episodes suggest it's a combination of not following the recipes, ordering lackluster ingredients, having poor hygiene practices, and being too experimental. Special mention goes to the Toxic Atomic Curry he invented, which is literally lethal. It's so hot even for Kirby, and Kirby can eat fire.
    • The exception to this is the space food Kawasaki creates while on the Halberd in Episode 99 "Combat Kirby" which is somehow far better than his usual fare.
    • Other than Kirby, the only other characters who are genuinely shown to like Kawasaki's food are Commander Vee and Sir Gallant.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In "The Big Taste Test", desperate to impress his teacher Chef Shiitake actually a monster in disguise and tricked into thinking that Kirby is made of a highly delectable ingredient known as Zebon, he tries to cook Kirby but fortunately breaks down before he can finish.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the dub of "Kirby 3D", his voice switches back and forth between sounding like Maddie Blaustein's voice in the original dub and Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Only Shop in Town: Despite his terrible cooking, he still gets customers solely because his restaurant is the only one in Cappy Town. Naturally when new competition pops up such as in "The Hot Shot Chef", his business plummets.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Finale, he helped with the final battle by setting up dynamite in Nightmare's Fortress alongside Kit Cosmos, effectively destroying it for good.

    Fololo (Lololo) and Falala (Lalala)
Voiced by: Chiro Kanzaki (Lololo, JP), Madoka Akita (Lalala, JP), Tara Jayne (Both of them, EN), Mariana Ortiz (Both of them, LA SP)
Tiff and Tuff's friends who reside at Dedede's castle with their family.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: One episode revealed that they were originally a single monster named Fofa (Lola), who got split in half by Slice n' Splice for having a useless ability and not wanting to fight.
  • Adaptational Heroism: They were Dual Bosses in the games. Here they're allies of Kirby.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: They have the ability to fly, which they don't in the games.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Remember when both of them were able to fire long-ranged ovular projectiles and imprison enemies in eggs? Too bad neither of them have those powers in the anime.
  • The Dividual: They're rarely seen apart and would never split up, even under direct order from King Dedede. The one time that they are seen apart is when they split up to hide Kirby from Slice n' Splice, King Dedede and Escargoon, who are chasing them around Castle Dedede, after Kirby was split in two by the monster.
  • Dub Name Change: Lololo and Lalala to Fololo and Falala.
  • No Mouth: Like the Waddle Dees, but they can talk.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Falala is pink and female, Fololo is blue and male.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Falala wears a yellow bow.

    Sword Knight and Blade Knight
Voiced by: Hikaru Tokita (Sword Knight, JP), Chiro Kanzaki (Blade Knight, JP), Eric Stuart (Both of them, EN), Andrés García (Sword Knight, LA SP), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Blade Knight, LA SP)
Meta Knight's subordinates. They don't do much except for reinforcing Meta Knight's combat commentary.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Generic enemies in the games, allies in the anime.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the game they're just regular enemies, but in the anime they're given more depth and are made servants of Meta Knight. This carries over to Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby Mass Attack as well as the Light Novels.
  • Badass Cape: Sword used to wear one in the time before he met Meta Knight.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason behind why they chose to follow Meta Knight. He saved their life in the past, even though they tried to rob him a few moments before.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Right where you would least expect it! During the big war against Nightmare's monsters, they became bandits to survive. They are deeply ashamed of their past.
  • A Day in the Limelight: See episode 26 of the original (and to an extent, the former half of episode 82).
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: In the English dub, Blade speaks with such a heavy Scottish accent that his dialogue is mostly incomprehensible, save for some keywords and names. However, the other characters on the show understand him just fine.
  • Knight, Knave, and Squire: Both of them are said to be knights, but in technicality, they're knaves.
  • Mugging the Monster: Subverted. During their first encounter with Meta Knight, they intend to rob him, but they're interrupted by Wolfwrath.
  • Mythology Gag: In the flashback, Sword and Blade are seen wielding a mace and an axe respectively, which many fans believe to be a Shout-Out to Mace Knight and Axe Knight from the games, as they were part of the Halberd's bridge crew in Kirby Super Star.
  • Satellite Character: Whenever they show up, it's usually because it has something to do with Meta Knight. This could be justified because it's revealed in the finale that most of their time was spent building the Halberd in preparation for the Final Battle.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the absence of the game's Meta Knights, Sword and Blade fill in their roles as Meta Knight's subordinates and crew of the Halberd.
  • They Call Him "Sword": Both of them.
  • Those Two Guys: Complete with a Lower-Deck Episode.

    Dyna Blade
A giant bird that has a nest on a mountain far away from Cappy Town. According to legend, she appears once a century to lay eggs and nurture the chicks until they grow up. Kirby, King Dedede, and the other residents of Cappy Town cross paths with her several times during the series.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Played with. In some of her appearances, Dyna Blade attacks Kirby, but only because she's trying to protect the chick. She also attacked King Dedede when he tried to eat the chick when he had been driven insane by starvation.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Subverted. Although she is still big enough to carry King Dedede and Escargoon, she is not as big as she was in the games.
  • Gentle Giant: When she isn't provoked or looking for food, she's actually quite friendly.
  • Giant Flyer: She is a giant bird.
  • Mama Bear: Do NOT try to turn her chick into a monster or try to eat it. King Dedede and Escargoon found this out the hard way.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: She will only attack you if you threaten her chick, or if she's looking for food.

One of Nightmare Enterprises' biggest and strongest monsters. Initially bought by Knuckle Joe to attack Kirby after he had exhausted himself from inhaling the smaller monsters, it was later revealed that he bought it so he and Kirby could take it down. It was later revived as a souped-up version of itself.

First appearance: Episode 40

Tropes associated with Masher:
  • Adaptational Badass: Masher was a generic enemy in the games. In this series, Masher is a unique, giant monster that Knuckle Joe would only go after with Kirby's help. When it was rebuilt it was The Juggernaut.
  • Back from the Dead: It returns, rebuilt as Masher 2.0, in Episode 65, making it one of the few named monsters to have more than one episode appearance (the other being Noddy).
  • Black Knight: Its overall appearance gives off the impression of a knight and it is one of the strongest monsters. Its 2.0 form's appearance takes on an even more demonic look.
  • Came Back Strong: When rebuilt as Masher 2.0, it was too strong for Knuckle Joe and he had to run rather than fighting it.
  • Dub Name Change: Masher's 2.0 form is called Powered Masher in the original Japanese version.
  • Epic Flail: As with its appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 2, its weapon is a flail.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Its 2.0 form has demonic wings built into it, which it can spread as a means of taking flight.
  • The Juggernaut: As Masher 2.0. Knuckle Joe couldn't scratch it and even with Kirby's help he couldn't slow it down.
  • Killer Robot: This mechanical monstrosity modeled after a knight is one of Nightmare's strongest monsters. Nightmare even brings it Back from the Dead in Episode 65, and it goes on the hunt for Knuckle Joe to get revenge on him for tag-teaming with Kirby against and destroying it.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Masher was already a decent threat and as intimidating as the other weekly monsters in its debut episode, but even then, it has been remembered for being one of the few monsters that actually came really close to assassinating poor Kirby. When it later gets rebuilt, its 2.0 form poses an even more serious threat than its regular form and most of the other monsters.
  • Mighty Glacier: It moves very slowly and it can cause a lot of hurt when it smacks an opponent. It's also very durable. Its 2.0 form has been upgraded so that it doesn't even flinch until Knuckle Joe uses the beam provided by his father's locket to finish it off.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Not only did it get rebuilt even more powerful than it already was, its 2.0 form even receives a pair of demonic wings with a jetpack attached that make it look even more terrifying and intimidating.
  • Spectacular Spinning: It can spin rapidly while flying to strike its opponent.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Its 2.0 form can fire one from the orb on its chest. It takes one fired from Knuckle Joe's father's pendant to overpower Masher's and destroy it again.
  • The Worf Effect: Masher smacks Meta Knight with its flail in its first episode appearance when the latter leaps in to protect Kirby.

    Waddle Doo and the Waddle Dees
Waddle Doo is voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (JP), Maddie Blaustein (EN), Armando Réndiz (episodes 6-13), Paco Mauri (episodes 26-52), Esteban Desco (rest of the series) (LA SP)

King Dedede's loyal guards and servants. The Waddle Dees were a nomadic race that swear loyalty to those who show them hospitality. A lone Waddle Doo serves as the captain of the guard.

  • Accent Adaptation: The 4Kids dub gives Waddle Doo a Brooklyn accent compared to the more generic squeaky voice from the Japanese version..
  • Adaptational Job Change: Waddle Doos in the game are generic enemies as plentiful as Waddle Dees are. Here, Waddle Doo is a single entity as the captain of the guard.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Waddle Doo does not use his Beam ability, instead he's armed with a sword.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: A multitude of them working for King Dedede.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: They rebelled in "Hunger Struck" when King Dedede had been starving them for the sake of profit.
  • Big Eater: They possess a similar appetite to Kirby. Unlike Kirby however, they'll stop eating once they're full.
  • Cute Mute: An entire battalion of them with the exception of Waddle Doo. Although it's stated that they do speak an unintelligible language, and they are capable of giggling.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Pink-Collar Blues", "Waddle While you Work", and "Hunger Struck".
  • A Father to His Men: Waddle Doo cares a lot for the Waddle Dees and acts as a voice for them.
  • Happiness in Slavery: They will serve whoever shows them kindness. They don't mind being leased to the villagers when Tiff expresses her concern.
  • No Mouth: Lampshaded by Dedede and Escargoon who wonder how the Waddle Dees actually eat without a mouth. It turns out that they absorb food through their skin where a mouth would normally be.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Waddle Doo and the Waddle Dees hold no resentment to Kirby when they're not ordered to fight or otherwise hinder him by King Dedede.
  • Undying Loyalty: While King Dedede may not be the best boss, the Waddle Dees still care for and aide their ruler when they can.
  • Vocal Dissonance: While the Japanese version gives the short and cute Waddle Doo an appropriately high-pitched voice, the English dub instead goes with a gruff Brooklyn accent.

    Whispy Woods 
Voiced by: Osamu Hosoi (JP), Dan Green (EN)

  • Adaptational Badass: As the first boss in almost every game, he is usually easy to beat. In the anime, he is a legitimate threat to anyone who is a danger to his forest and has done more than enough to prove his title as the king of said forest.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Whispy Woods is the first boss of almost every game and attacks Kirby for no apparent reason other than him wandering into his forest. Here, Whispy only attacks Kirby in his first appearance because of a misunderstanding and after things are cleared up is an ally to Kirby.
  • Adaptational Wimp: While his apples still pack a punch and his roots are still as dangerous as can be, he can no longer create winds. In addition (as he says in the Japanese version), if too many apples cover the ground in his area, he cannot grow his roots from them.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: He worked for King Dedede in games like Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby's Adventure, but in this anime, Dedede wants to chop down his entire forest in order to build his private country club.
  • Back from the Dead: Dedede chops him down in his debut episode, but thanks to Kirby finding the apple that contains his life force, he's back none the worse for wear.
  • Berserk Button: Anything that implies harm or racism towards his forest is enough to provoke him to attack you.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Whispy becomes infatuated with a flower named Lovely and vows to protect her. Unfortunately, she turns out to have become a monster who is draining Whispy's energy repeatedly. When Tiff, Tuff and Kirby try to warn him, he tries trapping them instead and even when shown evidence of how Dedede is behind this, he still doesn't want Lovely to get hurt.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempts this on Dedede and Escargoon in episode 69, using his roots to tie them up as the forest was on fire.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Dedede manipulates him in episode 5 and episode 27.
  • Wise Tree: Certainly wiser than his game counterpart.

Voiced by: Jim Napolitano (EN), Nobuo Tobita (JP)

  • Adaptational Badass: He's a lot bigger than his video game counterpart, towering over almost everyone, plus he's incredibly resilient even to bombardment by Destroyas. There's also his all-knowingness, of course.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the games, he's one of the recurring enemies. Here, he's an ally.
  • Catchphrase: "WARP STAR!"
  • The Omniscient: He seems to know all. Though there are a few things he himself doesn't knows for certainty, such as whether or not Kirby is the monster that Nightmare created but failed to make obedient.
  • Sapient House: He's a shelter acting as a hospital for Warp Stars and wounded Star Warriors.
  • Wise Tree: Downplayed. While he looks like a tree, he's really more of a rock. The wisdom part definitely holds true, though.

Anime-only characters

    Tiff (Fumu)
Voiced by: Kerry Williams (EN), Sayuri Yoshida (JP), Deborah Morese (IT), Karla Falcón (LA SP)
Probably the only person in Dream Land who's openly critical and skeptical of King Dedede and his schemes. Because she loves and cares for Kirby, she's the one to guide him on his way to becoming a full-fledged Star Warrior.

Tropes associated with Tiff:

  • Arch-Enemy: Is the main adversary of King Dedede, since Kirby is too young and too much of an All-Loving Hero to really show as much resentment to his evil deeds as his game counterpart. All that has been passed on to the other main characters after Kirby, with almost no moment of Dedede's schemes going by without her freaking out over it.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Disrespecting the environment is a reliable way to bring out her sharp temper and one of the reasons why she butts heads with the reckless Dedede a lot. Her temper is enough to make the Cappies try and avoid her when they end up screwing the environment (like dumping trash into the woods and fleeing when they get caught.)
    • When the anime-based episode had her redrawn to be a bit more... er... risque, she doesn't take it well at all.
  • Big Sister Mentor: She's tried to play this role toward the other children of Dream Land (though mainly Kirby and Tuff) with mixed success (generally Depending on the Writer).
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Kirby, suck it up!" (EN) / "Kirby! Inhale it!" (JP)
    • "Kabu, send the Warp Star!" (EN) / "Come, Warp Star!" (JP)
  • Crack Pairing: In-Universe—one episode involves a fish falling in love with her.
  • Damsel in Distress: A lot of the monsters take her captive, which motivates Kirby even more to defeat them. Nightmare also captures her and takes her to his lair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, she was shown to be this.
  • Dub Name Change: Fumu to Tiff.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to her brother's foolish. She likes reading books and is quite intelligent.
  • Granola Girl: She cares deeply for the environment, to the point where ruining it is her Berserk Button.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's a nice girl, but she can get rather easily irritable. Lampshaded in the English dub.
    Tiff: "Yeah, I'm short alright...AND SO'S MY TEMPER!!!"
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: Sort of, since Kirby is an infant she has to tell him when to inhale something. She is also the only one who can summon Kirby's Warp Star. Kirby can pretty much take it from there, though.
  • Large Ham: Whenever it's not King Dedede, Escargoon, Meta Knight, or NME Sales Guy, she is likely the one doing most of the shouting despite choosing not to act as dramatic as ever. While she is mostly quiet while talking with her friends (fitting for her mature personality), she has some of the best lines that easily ham it up.
    Tiff: (to Tokkori) Well, they oughta get somebody who knows about quality! I’ve been sitting here all day fixing another one of these crummy drawings!
    Tiff: (to Kirby) WHY DON'T YOU SUCK EM UP!?
    Tiff: (to Chief Bookum) Be kind to wildlife, Chief Bookum!
    Tiff: (to Biggy, Boney and Sleepy) Don't call me that! Why don't you guys show a little originality and invent your own cartoon character instead of picking on me!? I don't wanna be a cartoon star!
    • Ham-to-Ham Combat: She has this trope with Escargoon whenever she think it was a bad idea to show King Dedede the bad pictures that everybody drew of him.
      Escargoon: Get rid of these no-talent numbskulls!
      Tiff: You’re the director! Remember!?
      Escargoon: These simpletons need some supervision! You are now animation supervisor!
  • Not So Above It All: Properly Paranoid as she is, she is sometimes prone to fall for Dedede's tricks like everybody else.
  • Only Sane Woman: Even more so than Meta Knight, who'll make light of situations. It often allows her to help expose Dedede's schemes.
  • Parental Substitute: To Kirby.
  • Power of Love: The reason she can control the Warp Star is because she truly loves and cares for Kirby.
  • Properly Paranoid: Some episodes have her fretting over the event being a trap, like the nightmare-inducing pillows, the figures that turned into monsters later, the TV-Network Dedede made which was later used to brainwash people into attacking Kirby... she's usually right when it comes to these sort of shenanigans.
  • Secret-Keeper: In episode 4, she learns from Meta Knight about NME and Kirby's (supposed) origin. As pointed out in the English-dubbed episode 14, she and Meta Knight are the only ones who know the whole deal with Kirby and the monster attacks.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: While Kirby is still the lead protagonist and the hero of Dream Land, a lot of Tiff's antics in regards to protecting the environment, catching criminals, and what have you take up a good chunk of the show... to an extent.
  • Teach Me How To Fight: In episode 67, she asks Meta Knight to help her defend herself against the bullies of the school and boy, she sure pulls up a fight! True she regrets it later, because she learns a teacher should work out problems with her mind instead of her fists (though given the bullies were monsters, literally, a case of exception is made.
  • Technical Pacifist: Her responses to violence vary according to the demands of the plot.
    • In some episodes, she completely avoids violence and pep-talks people out of it.
    • In episode 67, she asks Meta Knight to train her in martial arts because she got bullied at school, and uses her training to teach the bullies a lesson. She doesn't even really attack them directly, instead tricking them into taking themselves out by dodging their attacks.
    • In episode 89, she chases down Biggy, Boney and Sleepy with a hammer because of her portrayal in their anime "The Tiff Show".
  • The Smart Girl: She's probably the only person in the village who reads a lot. Even the adults often turn to her for advice on what to do in some situations.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Often calls out to the citizens or protest against Dedede's actions to varying effect.
  • Theme Twin Naming: In the English dub.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Quite easily the most optimistic character in the entire cast (next to Kirby himself).

    Tuff (Bun)
Voiced by: Kayzie Rogers (EN), Rika Komatsu (JP), Benjamín Rivera (LA SP)
Tiff's younger brother. A bit of a brat sometimes, but he too likes Kirby, and helps his sister out in taking care of him...on most occasions.

Tropes associated with Tuff:

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He's pretty hot-headed, impulsive and a bit bratty, which annoys his sister.
  • Berserk Button: While not to the extent of Tiff, he also doesn't like it when nature is messed with and usually accompanies his sister in protecting the land, including spying when the Cappies try dumping their trash into Whispy Woods.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He acts like quite the brat sometimes.
  • Dub Name Change: Bun to Tuff.
  • Eyes Out of Sight: You never see his eyes, not even once.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to his sister's responsible. He isn’t too bright and tends to act before thinking.
  • Hidden Depths: Apparently able to drive a piece of construction equipment into the Ice Dragon Robot in episode 28.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be an impulsive fool, but he's still a good person at heart and is usually at his sister's side to help her out while also protecting Kirby.
  • Meaningful Name: His English name likely comes from his typical "little boy who's trying to act tough" attitude.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Episode 18, he nearly sends Kirby into an eternal sleep by falling for Dedede's trap of having Kirby inhale a Noddy. Also, in episode 96, he accidentally let it slip where the Warp Star was located.
  • Theme Twin Naming: In the English dub, despite the fact that he and Tiff aren't twins.
  • Totally Radical: Some of his lines in the original.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Unless it's a skin-colored shirt, he doesn't seem to be wearing one.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: While not on the same level as Tiff or Kirby, he too also places his faith in a lot of the people in Cappy Town and is as optimistic as ever.

    Lady Like (Memu)
Voiced by: Kayzie Rogers (EN), Yuko Mizutani (JP), Rosanelda Aguirre (LA SP)
The mother of Tiff and Tuff. She's almost as suspicious towards King Dedede as her daughter, but is still fooled by him a few times.

Tropes associated with Lady Like:

  • Accent Adaptation: She has a French accent in the English dub.
  • Adults Are Useless: She and the Minister aren't really much help in drastic situations.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She tends to backtalk to Dedede while retaining her lady-like composure.
  • Drama Queen: Has shades of this. She has a habit of overdramatically fainting.
  • Good Parents: She and her husband are both caring parents to Tiff and Tuff.

    Sir Ebrum (Parm)
Voiced by: David Lapkin (EN), Takashi Nagasako (JP), Gerardo Garcia (episodes 1-52), Leonardo García (episode 32 and 53 onwards) (LA SP)
The father of Tiff and Tuff and Cabinet Minister of Dream Land. He always freaks out when his wife or children question King Dedede.

Tropes associated with Sir Ebrum:

  • Accent Adaptation: Has a British accent in the English dub. Then again, he does seem like the type who would have such an accent, high class and all.
  • Adults Are Useless: He and Lady Like aren't really much help in drastic situations.
  • Bumbling Dad: Lampshaded in the English dub.
    Tiff: Dad, if you watch this junk, it'll rot away your brain cells!
    Sir Ebrum: Well, I haven't been using my brain cells very much anyway.
  • Good Parents: He and his wife are both caring parents to Tiff and Tuff.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Much like Meta Knight, when it comes to serving King Dedede, we don't see him do his job very much.
  • Punny Name: His English name is a play on the word cerebrum, the part of the brain that is responsible for voluntary actions in people and most animals.

    Escargoon (Escargon)
Voiced by: Ted Lewis (EN), Naoki Tatsuta (JP), Carlos Del Campo (LA SP)
King Dedede's Right-hand man. He generally doesn't like Nightmare Enterprises, but he goes along with Dedede's schemes anyway.

Tropes associated with Escargoon:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Much like Seto Kaiba and Gary Oak, in the dub, he's almost as cruel as Dedede, and provides insults and Card-Carrying Villain quips by the barrel load. The original edit by comparison gave him far more Affably Evil mannerisms, preferring far more subtle sarcasm.
  • Ambiguously Gay: A lot of his interactions and words with Dedede could be seen as this. In the original Japanese version he outright states he loves Dedede. The English dub giving him a voice similar to that of the famously gay Paul Lynde only adds fuel to the fire.
  • Amusing Injuries: He's often subject to King Dedede's abuse.
  • Barely-Changed Dub Name: His English name has one letter added onto 'Escargon' in order to make it a portmanteau.
  • Butt-Monkey: Shares his Bad Luck with Dedede.
  • Canon Immigrant: Has a cameo in the Kirby Master sub-game of Kirby Mass Attack as part of Dedede's entourage during an attack.
  • Catchphrase: In the original, every time he takes a drive to Cappy Town, expect him to say the phrase "stupid commoners!".
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first few episodes of the original, he was referred to as 'Dr. Escargon', possibly implying that the producers were going to make him off to be a sophisticated guy rather than just Dedede's lackey. Shades of this characterization do come back when he develops robots, vehicles, and even a NME-equivalent injection that turns ordinary creatures into monsters. See Mad Scientist below.
  • Cool Car: He's Dedede's chauffeur, first in a military jeep with a tank cannon (making Dedede look like some kind of Third World dictator...) and later in a much snazzier big old fashioned limousine.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in the dub, which fits the Paul Lynde allusion.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the episode Escar-Gone, he says this Tuff and the other kids when they try to cheer him up after he realizes that they don’t know who he is since he’s being possessed by Erasum.
    Escargoon: I don’t want your pity! Don’t forget about who it is you’re dealing with! I can make your life miserable, ya know?
  • The Dragon: To King Dedede.
  • Dub Name Change: Escargon to Escargoon. His dub name is actually a Portmanteau of the words 'Escargot' and 'goon', fitting enough.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite what a jerk he can be sometimes, he loves his mother dearly, even enough to have the entire kingdom pretend he was the king for the sake of not disappointing her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He will put up with a lot of crap from Dedede, but in episode 42 when in the face of The End of the World as We Know It and everyone is confessing their darkest sins, and Dedede feels he never did anything wrong, Escargoon is disgusted with him.
  • Evil Duo: He forms one with King Dedede, being the more level-headed and sarcastic counterpart to the bombastic and childish King.
  • Furry Confusion: In a scene where Dedede makes escargot in front of him. He refuses to eat it, stating that it would be cannibalism if he did so.
  • Gratuitous English: A lot of it in the original, especially in the later episodes.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: A large amount with King Dedede. Episodes 55 and 88 are some of the strongest examples. In the former episode, it's made pretty clear how he feels for the king.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Regularly takes plenty of physical abuse and punishment from King Dedede, being pretty much a punching bag.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There are times when he can be quite a Jerkass to the citizens of Dream Land, to the point of threatening the death penalty to passerby in the original. But he mostly acts like this to gain Dedede's favor, and is not a bad person at heart.
  • Large Ham: Like tyrant, like second-in command. Escargoon takes after his master King Dedede by also being as dramatically hammy as ever. This includes doing the line for starting another episode on Channel DDD, the entirety of the episode where he gets possessed by Erasum especially when he makes a speech with Kirby about how he promises himself to change his ways and become a good guy like the pink puffball, the entirety of the episodes where there is a cartoon within a cartoon, and his freakout when Dedede suddenly becomes nice.
  • Mad Scientist: In episode 78, he builds a robot in his likeness to work for Dedede in his place, and goes insane because he stays up for nights on end to fix the damage inflicted on the robot by Dedede. Near the beginning of the anime, he was called Dr. Escargon in the original Japanese, and depicted as the Foil of Dedede's convention of ordering monsters, preferring to build things by himself instead of spending money to order monsters (thus making them fall into debt). Towards the end he becomes just as reliant on the monsters.
  • Momma's Boy: As mentioned in Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas above, he's very close to his mother.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His English voice was clearly based on Paul Lynde.
  • Shy Shelled Animal: He is a total Sycophantic Servant who kisses up to Dedede, and is terrified of his wrath.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Is nearly identical in appearance to his mother. Even Meta Knight was amused by this.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, he uses "degesu" (a form of "desu") at the end of his sentences.
  • Villain Protagonist: Just like Dedede, there were a certain number of episodes that focused on him, such as when he pretended to be king to please his mother, or when everyone forgot who he was.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: In "Sweet and Sour Puss", he was the only one feeling this way about King Dedede when he's turned nice by Togeira.

    NME Sales Guy (Customer Service)
Voiced by: Dan Green (EN), Banjo Ginga (JP), Salvador Delgado (LA SP)

The front salesman for NightMare Enterprises, that sells monsters to customers such as Dedede.

Tropes associated with the NME Sales Guy:

  • Affably Evil: He's so charming and funny at times, that it's easy to forget that he wants Kirby dead, like Nightmare. Enough that he was the MC for the Kirby Quiz Challenge episode.
  • Berserk Button: Being told he's bad at his job; this pretty much ensures that he'll rip someone off even worse than he may have originally intended to.
  • Big Little Man: He's only seen from the waist up in almost all of his appearances. When he's finally met in person in the series finale, it's revealed he's actually incredibly short.
  • Cat Smile: While not always noticeable, Customer Service will sometimes sprout this smile, perhaps as an indication of his smug nature.
  • The Cameo: Appears in the game over screen in the "Strato Patrol EOS" sub-game of Kirby Mass Attack. Considering Nightmare is the boss of that sub-game, the cameo makes sense.
  • Chair Reveal:
    • Played for Laughs. When Dedede meets him for the first time face-to-face, the salesguy turns his chair around and reveals that he doesn't have human legs, just a pair of stubby feet similar to most characters. Up until this point, CS was only seen from the waist up.
    • Double Subverted in that he did appear to have a full body in a previous episode, "The Kirby Quiz". However, he was shown wearing a Japanese robe, and this outfit made him appear to be sitting on his knees, but what looked like his knees were actually the tips of his feet.
  • The Confidant: To Nightmare.
  • The Dragon: To his boss, Nightmare.
  • Dub Name Change: From Customer Service to the NME Sales Guy (which is not mentioned in the series itself).
  • Dub Personality Change: While the truth of his friendliness is questionable given how he essentially sells Dedede dangerous monsters, it comes across as genuine in the Japanese version. The English dub has him much snarkier and have a more clear disdain for Dedede, especially as the show goes on and his debt becomes bigger.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In the original, although the NME Sales Guy may or may not be his actual name.
  • Evil Laugh: Near the end of the series, he starts doing this more and more frequently.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Sometimes has shades of this, usually when there's an outside threat that would disrupt him being able to still sell monsters to Dedede. He will of course still charge an arm and a leg even if he is kind of helping out, though.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Sending Macho San/Max Flexer in an attempt to kill a helpless (and obese) Kirby ended up backfiring horribly as returned Kirby back to his normal shape and become Mike Kirby, much to the dismay of everyone.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Already present in the original and played tremendously in the English dub, especially with his interactions with Dedede and Escargoon. Given just how much he keeps hustling and ripping of Dedede, this works quite well as a source of laughs.
  • Large Ham: He loves having an audience, and is at his loudest and most energetic when in front of a huge crowd. For example, the quiz show, and the second Dedede Race.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets one in the finale when Chief Bookem informs him and King Dedede that Kirby has defeated Nightmare and that his space fortress is about to be destroyed, and he makes a run for it. In the original Japanese version, if you listen closely, you can hear him screaming as the fortress explodes, possibly implying that he died in the explosion.
  • Token Human: Until we find out that he's actually just as short as everyone else!
  • Uncertain Doom: After Nightmare's space fortress is destroyed and he is defeated for good, nothing is seen of the NME Sales Guy again and when Dedede and Escargon try to contact him, they get blank static from where he'd usually be. In the Japanese original, you can hear him screaming as it explodes, whether he went down with the ship, or escaped but experienced a Villainous Breakdown isn't made clear.

Voiced by: Kevin Kolack (EN), Fujiko Takimoto (JP), Gabriel Gama (episodes 2-87), Igor Cruz (rest of the series) (LA SP)
A selfish, somewhat whiny and cowardly bird that tried getting rid of Kirby after he accidentally crashed into Tokkori's tree before later stealing Kirby's house and becoming Kirby's roommate.

Tropes associated with Tokkori:

  • Accent Adaptation: Speaks with a Cajun accent in the English dub.
  • Dirty Coward: Has a tendency to hide behind Kirby and berate him what he's not immediately taking action to fight whatever he's got to fight.
  • Drama Queen: If the very rare chance that Lady Like isn't playing this role, it's him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appeared at the beginning of the first episode.
  • Feathered Fiend: He's one rude bird alright, stealing Kirby's house because Kirby doesn't know that his house doesn't actually belong to Tokkori from the start, much to Kirby's naivety.
  • Hate Sink: He's just the kind of bird who tends to be dickish to other characters just for the heck of it, and his cowardice knows no bounds when he hides behind Kirby.
  • Jerkass: He not only sabotages Kirby's efforts to find a home in Episode 2, he also moves himself into the home built for Kirby and makes Kirby do menial chores like making his bed for him. He also told Kirby that nobody wants to play with him because nobody likes him and he even tried to get rid of Kirby. In other words, he got called out by Tiff and Tuff for getting rid of Kirby by forcing him to leave. He does eventually get better though.
  • Jerkass Realization: In Episode 51, he realizes that he was selfish to Kirby and felt bad for getting rid of him by forcing him to leave. So, he tries to get Kirby back afterwards.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be selfish and assholish to Kirby and others but he will help them out if he needs to.
    • For instance, in Episode 84, he opens the door to Kirby so he can escape from the Mumbies... or, so he can sleep in quiet.
  • Kick the Dog: He outright tells a distressed Kirby that everyone hates him and would be happier without him in an attempt to drive him away. He gets his wish when Kirby runs away as a result, only to be harshly told off by Tiff for his pettiness and orders him to find Kirby when she and Tuff confront him.
  • Leitmotif: In the English dub, he gets a country-esque Fiddle theme whenever he speaks.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks he's better than everyone else, but in truth, he's just an annoyingly overconfident jerkass whose arrogance annoys both other characters and the audience.
  • The Nicknamer: Tends to call Kirby by a variety of names including 'Gumball', 'Goofball', 'Pinkie', 'Junior' and more.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He became much nicer to Kirby as the series went on.

    Sirica (Silica)
Voiced by: Veronica Taylor (EN), Tomoe Hanba (JP)
Comes to Popstar seeking revenge against Meta Knight.

First appearance: Episode 60

Tropes associated with Silica:

  • Girls with Guns: Or, more specifically, girls with guns and swords built into one.
  • Little Miss Badass: As Tiff, the prominent girl in the series, always has to be rescued by someone, Sirica stands out for being able to fight back.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother Garlude died to ensure that her comrade Meta Knight would obtain the sword.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Instead of arriving at Popstar solely to focus on killing Meta Knight, she attacks Dedede and Escargoon (neither of whom had anything to do with her mother's death), follows them straight to the former's castle, and attempts to kill all of Dedede's guards (who were summoned because of her unnecessary aggression toward him) before reaching Meta Knight.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She went on one against Meta Knight that would have made The Bride proud.
  • So Proud of You: At the end of episode 60, in the Japanese version Meta Knight tells her that she's surpassed her mother in skill. The English dub leans more towards "Your mother would have been proud."
  • Spell My Name With An S: See Dub Name Change above.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her mother.
  • Swiss-Army Gun: Wields a five-in-one sword/grappling hook/flamethrower/missile launcher/machine gun manufactured by NME.
  • Unnamed Parent: Averted, as her mother is the only backstory character to have an official name (Garlude).
  • You Killed My Father: A rare Gender Flipped example. Initially, she blames Meta Knight for doing this, but it turns out that her mother pulled off a Heroic Sacrifice to save Meta Knight's life.

    Knuckle Joe's Father
Meta Knight's close friend and fellow Star Warrior from the Galaxy Soldier Army during the initial conflict with Nightmare.

First appearance: Episode 19

Tropes associated with Knuckle Joe's father:

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has purple skin like his son had in his debut episode.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Nightmare possessed him and turned him into a monster, forcing Meta Knight to kill him when he couldn't be turned back.
  • Canon Foreigner: Created for the anime and has no game counterpart.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His pendant, which was eventually passed down to Joe, serving as his Tragic Keepsake before Joe used the power-amplification device to defeat Masher 2.0 and intentionally destroyed it during the battle.
  • Disappeared Dad: Implied, but it was bound to happen. When he was still alive and off fighting monsters somewhere, Joe would've definitely been without his father for a time.
  • Dying as Yourself: He only gained back his senses once Meta Knight dealt him a mortal blow during their duel.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • A ''very'' different story, much like Meta Knight. Meta Knight mentioned in the original that on top of being a Star Warrior, he was a well-respected member of the GSA, and many soldiers looked up to him as a leader and a mentor.
    • Although he never had a single line of dialogue and only appeared in 3 episodes (one of them in only a flashback note , the second appearance less than a minute long in total note , and the third in a blink-and-miss cameo note ), we're given enough canon about him through the words of other characters to put together a tropeable, rough understanding as to what he actually did.
  • Only Friend: To Meta Knight. And this is counting both continuities, the games and the anime.
  • Posthumous Character: Long dead by the events of the story, he still looms large over both Knuckle Joe and Meta Knight.
  • Unnamed Parent: As much as he's referred to throughout the course of the story, Joe's father was never given an official name.

A noble female warrior and member of the Galaxy Soldier Army who is Sirica's mother and sacrificed her life to help Meta Knight recover Galaxia.

First appearance: Episode 60

Tropes associated with Garlude:

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has lavender skin.
  • Canon Foreigner: No counterpart in the games, she was created for the anime.
  • Dead-Hand Shot: When Sirica does a flashback to when Meta Knight and Garlude recovered Galaxia, and she tells the story in her mind believing Meta Knight to have abandoned her, we see Garlude do this not long after Meta Knight leaves in said false vision.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Hers was caused by the legendary beast Kirisakin, no less, making it the only one actually shown to have done so to someone.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The mission to retrieve Galaxia from Kirisakin was a success thanks to her making the ultimate sacrifice for it.
  • Missing Mom: Like Knuckle Joe's father, she's been long dead by the events of the anime, having been slain by Kirisakin many years prior. Nevertheless, she's been remembered by Meta Knight as a great Galaxy Soldier.
  • Posthumous Character: Many years prior to the events of the show, she made her sacrifice to make the mission to recover Galaxia a success, and was slain by Kirisakin in the process.

The first of many monsters to appear, this gigantic monster was responsible for eating up the sheep in Cappy Town. It disguised itself as King Dedede's pet.

First appearance: Episode 1

Tropes associated with Octacon:

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It disguises itself as an innocent small pet octopus to avoid capture but its true form is humongous.
  • Canon Immigrant: Makes an unexpected surprise appearance as one of Adeleine's paintings in Kirby Star Allies.
  • Death Glare: It gives one to Tiff, along with luminous green eyes, when she stares at it with suspicions.
  • Flunky Boss: Octacon can spawn small versions of itself resembling its disguise as a means of attack.
  • Funnel-Mouthed Cephalopod: Octacon has the common "octapus with a funnel mouth" design, and breathes fire out of said mouth.
  • Mind Manipulation: Brainwashes Dedede through hypnotizing eyes and mind-controls him into chasing after Kirby with his mallet.
  • Playing with Fire: Octacon can breathe fire, and its miniature versions can set themselves ablaze.
  • Starter Villain: The first villain Kirby fights.
  • Tentacled Terror: A gigantic, fire-breathing and very dangerous octopus.
  • Warm-Up Boss: It was the first monster to be faced by Kirby when he crash-landed in Cappy Town, and it was defeated easily by him. This was also where he demonstrated his ability to inhale enemy attacks and copy their abilities.
  • Villain Opening Scene: Internationally, the first episode of the anime opens with this thing eating up a bunch of sheep! The original Japanese Cold Open, which consisted of Kirby entering Pop Star, plays after the theme song internationally.
  • Your Head Asplode: Surprisingly, this is seemingly how it ultimately dies. As Fire Kirby launches a jet of fire at it, a massive cloud of smoke suddenly blasts out of its head. In the following scene where it is blasted off into space, only its tentacles are seen.

Yamikage was once an ally of the Star Warriors and Galaxy Soldier Army who served as a member of its Ninja Special Forces unit. However, for some unknown, unexplained reason, he betrayed his former comrades to join Nightmare Enterprises. In the present, he was sent by N.M.E. to aid King Dedede in stealing back Benikage's failing report card, which everyone in Cappy Town thought was a ninja scroll.

First appearance: Episode 24

Tropes associated with Yamikage:

  • Blow You Away: His Fujin no Jitsu attack has him blowing wind at enemies from his hands.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's garbed in a dark grey ninja outfit and he turned traitor against the Galaxy Soldier Army to side with Nightmare Enterprises.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite having betrayed the Star Warriors to join Nightmare Enterprises, he has a code of honor that forbids him to steal things except for ninja scrolls, as shown when he tells Dedede and Escargoon that he's not a thief.
  • Expy: His outfit makes him somewhat resemble Bio Spark.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Betrayed the Star Warriors and sided with Nightmare Enterprises for unknown reasons.
  • Ninja: He's a very skilled one in contrast to the clumsy Benikage, and it takes Ninja Kirby's own skills to defeat him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's got red eyes and he's on the side of N.M.E.
  • Smug Snake: He's very talented as a ninja warrior, but he tends to get cocky and sarcastic, which often leads him to underestimate whatever foes he picks fights with. So naturally, Ninja Kirby kicks his ass.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He didn't know that Ninja Kirby could use ninja teleportation until the very moment he attempted to stab him after having knocked him off his feet with a Fujin no Jitsu technique. Kirby then took him by surprise with his Ninja Drop technique.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Kirby defeats him as Ninja Kirby, Yamikage flees and vows to get revenge on both him and Meta Knight someday, but he never returns again, and it's currently unknown what happened to him after that last encounter of his with both of them, so he remains a mystery.

    Wolf Wrath (Chilidog)
One of Nightmare Enterprises' most powerful monsters, who also had a hand in the event where Sword Knight and Blade Knight became loyal subordinates of Meta Knight. When Meta Knight steps in to protect Kirby, it paralyzes him, leaving Sword and Blade to fight to defeat it with Kirby's help.

First appearance: Episode 26

Tropes associated with Wolfwrath:

  • Berserk Button: WolfWrath does not like to be trained. Anyone who tries to train it will get burned by it as a result, as the NME Salesguy explains to Dedede.
  • Bowdlerise: In Japanese, it was stated that Wolfwrath was said to be born in the fires of Hell. This was removed in the international versions.
  • Dub Name Change: Chilidog in Japanese.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: It is capable of spewing fireballs and setting fires to fuel its power, and it happens to be one of Nightmare's most powerful and ferocious monsters.
  • Fangs Are Evil: It embedded one of its teeth in Meta Knight's forehead, paralyzing him as a result. That fang disappeared after Wolfwrath was destroyed by Sword Kirby using Galaxia.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: And they provide it with heat vision and the ability to see through smoke.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Kirby cut it cleanly in two with a Sword Beam from Galaxia after it was weakened in the water.
  • Hellhound: Only in the original Japanese has it been said to have originated from the fires of Hell itself.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Is much darker than the average Monster of the Week, with no comedic traits and the entire episode being defeating it.
  • Logical Weakness: Since WolfWrath is a fire-based monster, its one weakness naturally happens to be water. Getting touched by it even once causes it to feel pain from it.
  • Playing with Fire: Not only can it breathe fire, it can also set fires to re-energize itself and get the strength for its attacks.
  • Savage Wolves: A fire-breathing one that immediately goes out of control the minute it's bought by King Dedede, after which it starts to destroy much of his castle, eventually giving him a change of heart and leading him to throw it out by having everyone spray all the fires set by it with water, which also happens to be Wolfwrath's one weakness.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Wolfwrath apparently has a violent and destructive frame of mind. It immediately goes berserk not long after King Dedede finishes downloading it, and the first thing it does is blow a hole in the wall behind his throne and then run away from him through that hole. It soon begins to wreck much of the castle much to his displeasure, and when he voices his refusal for it to do so, the NME Salesguy replies that Wolfwrath hates being trained and will attack anyone who tries to break it.
  • The Worf Effect: Paralyzed Meta Knight, an experienced veteran Star Warrior, with a fang embedded into his forehead. As realized by Sword Knight and Blade Knight, the only way to remove the paralysis is to defeat Wolfwrath.

    Windwhipper (Kazaguru)
A windmill-like monster ordered up by King Dedede to expose Sir Gallant as a fraud. He says he recognizes it as a villain from his past.

First appearance: Episode 54

Tropes associated with Windwhipper:

  • Arch-Enemy: It appears to be this for the Don Quixote Expy Sir Gallant.
  • Blow You Away: It can spin the blades around its eye to create gusts of wind.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: This thing easily hands Sir Gallant's butt to him on a plate before using the mirrors on the backs of its windmill blades to expose him to himself as the fool he made himself to be. Immediately afterwards, though, Mirror Kirby steps in to mop the floor with it just as easily as it did with Sir Gallant.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How Mirror Kirby finishes it off; he uses Mirror Cut to slice it cleanly in two.
  • No Mere Windmill: It's a windmill-shaped monster from NME.
  • Punny Name: Its Japanese name is a play on "Kazaguruma", which means "Windmill".
  • Shown Their Work: A windmill might seem like an odd choice of theme for such a beast as Windwhipper, but it's actually a clever reference to one of the most famous stories from The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. In particular, when Don Quixote — whom Sir Gallant himself is based on — mistakes a group of windmills for "thirty or forty outrageous giants" and tries to fight them, despite his squire Sancho Panza telling him that he is wrong.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: In addition to its wind powers, it can also fire a seemingly endless stream of shuriken-like spinning blades from its "hands".
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Its eye in the center of its windmill blades is colored yellow, and it bested Sir Gallant not once, but twice; the second time to help Dedede get revenge on him.

The legendary beast that guarded Galaxia in a dark cave until Meta Knight and Garlude retrieved it in the latter's ultimate sacrifice, Kirisakin is one of Nightmare's most powerful monsters. It seeks to reclaim Galaxia for its master Nightmare.

First appearance: Episode 60

Tropes associated with Kirisakin:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Kirisakin has scythes for hands, which are capable of cutting even the hardest of stones, as demonstrated during its fight against Sword Kirby.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: It's a primate with purple fur with pink stripes running down its back.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The scythes on the ends of its arms act as its claws, and if broken, they can regenerate quickly, unless Kirisakin is killed, that is (which happens thanks to Sword Kirby using the Galaxia Sword Beam).
  • Dual Wielding: Despite its lack of an actual sword, it provides remarkable swordplay with its pair of scythes for hands.
  • Fangs Are Evil: It has four fangs in its maw.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: As with most of the monsters that were defeated by Sword Kirby, Kirisakin met his doom by being cut in half with a Sword Beam - in this case, Kirby did it through Galaxia, like he did against WolfWrath. Impressively, it survived for a few seconds after being ran through, since he lowers his scythes to examine them and growls in a confused tone as to why they are not regenerating. This is in contrast to a few others who fell this way, who appeared to die instantly.
  • Healing Factor: Kirisakin's scythe-like claws can regenerate any time they're broken.
  • Hero Killer: Responsible for the death of Garlude, a Star Warrior.
  • Horns of Villainy: It has a single large horn on its forehead.
  • Killer Gorilla: It's a massive ape-like creature that killed Garlude many years prior to the events of the show, and is known to be the only monster actually shown to kill someone on-screen, complete with Dead-Hand Shot.
  • The Juggernaut: The beast is absolutely determined to reclaim Galaxia no matter what gets in its way; every attempt to stop it barely slows it down, and it viciously attacks relentlessly. Even Sword Kirby couldn't defeat it on his own, with Kirisakin eventually breaking his sword after a particularly powerful attack. It very nearly succeeds in getting Galaxia until Meta Knight hits it in the head with a well-aimed shot from Sirica's sword bazooka-launcher, allowing Kirby to use Galaxia to finally cut it in half.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Kirisakin is very agile, despite its size, enabling it to dodge most projectiles with ease, and it can tank all kinds of attacks as well, even a stab to its shoulder from Garlude's sword and later Silica's transforming weapon. It even survives being run through by the Galaxia Sword Beam long enough to examine its broken scythes and express confusion as to why they aren't regenerating seconds before it splits in half and explodes.
  • Meaningful Name: Its name is based on the Japanese word kirisake, which means to tear/rip apart, referring to its absurdly sharp scythes that it uses to fight.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Its fur is purple and it's one of the most powerful monsters in Nightmare's army, even proving itself to be a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Sinister Scythe: Has these for hands, and they can regenerate if broken.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives a devilish smirk after its scythe that Sword Kirby broke regenerates.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Has orange eyes.
  • The Worf Effect: Bested Sirica after the latter had just defeated Meta Knight and knocked Galaxia out of his hands, then went on to break Sword Kirby's regular sword after having defeated Sword Knight and Blade Knight as well.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Its scythe-like hands can be broken, but can regenerate instantly - unless it's destroyed, that is.

    Lobzilla (Ebizou)
A monster appearing only in the two-part 3D short, resembling a lobster with elephant-like features.

First appearance: Kirby 3D

Tropes associated with Lobzilla:

  • An Ice Person: In its small form, its breath from its trunk can freeze anything. In its enlarged state, the ice clouds it spits contain icy-blue baby lobsters, which Kirby gains the Kabuki ability from.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Quickly demolishes Fire Kirby not long after the transformation.
  • Dub Name Change: In the original Japanese version, it was known as Ebizou.
  • Flying Seafood Special: Lobzilla can fly after transforming into its gigantic form.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Lobzilla is already plenty strong in its small form, being able to send Kirby flying with a potent punch from one of its claws and toppling one of King Dedede's castle pillars with a tackle. Despite the size of its giant form, it can fly very quickly in that form too, and it's strong and tough in said form too.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Lobzilla resembles a lobster with elephant-like features, including a trunk and two tusks. Its "ears" look similar to an elephant's, too.

Alternative Title(s): Kirby Of The Stars